A cannabis dealer claimed to smoke 20 joints a day when he was caught with a bag of the drug in his car and a “tick list” on his phone.
A police officer smelled cannabis as he approached 28-year-old Mozafar Shan’s Toyota on Green Lane, Marske, and the driver handed over a small amount of “skunk”.
When told his car would be searched, Shan said: “That’s fine. I don’t have any more.”
“That wasn’t true,” said prosecutor Harry Hadfield at Teesside Crown Court.
About 55g of cannabis, worth more than £500, and a set of digital scales were found in the glove box.
Shan said: “It’s all for my own use. I smoke 20 joints a day.”
A seized mobile phone revealed a “tick list” after the search at about 7.20pm on September 19 last year.
It also uncovered drug-related messages including requests for cannabis and a reference to “blue cheese”, a strain of the drug.
At first Shan claimed the drugs were for his own personal use, saying he smoked cannabis at night while working as a taxi dispatcher.
He later confessed he had supplied friends with cannabis for about a year, selling some to cover his costs and smoking the rest.
Mozafar Shan outside Teesside Crown Court (Image: The Gazette)
Shan, of Charltons, Saltburn, admitted possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply, his first conviction, though he had a previous caution for drug possession.
Kelleigh Lodge, defending, suggested a suspended sentence order for Shan, now working as a door-to-door salesman.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, gave Shan a six-month jail term suspended for two years with 100 hours’