A man has been given a suspended jail sentence for drug offences after police found cannabis at his home.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers went to Ashley James Moss’ address on January 12 this year after his fingerprints were found on the packaging of bags of skunk cannabis seized at an address last August in Golcar.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said tubs and packages containing about 10oz of skunk cannabis were discovered mostly in one ounce bags others weighed half an ounce with a maximum street value of £2,415.

Officers also found £825 in cash in a kitchen cupboard and £1,000 in cash in another room. His BMW car was also searched and a bag containing a large number of small self-seal bags was recovered.

Miss Hancock said mobile phones were seized including one secreted under a mattress in an upstairs bedroom. When the phones were analysed a debtors list was found with names and amounts next to them as well as text messages demonstrating he was dealing in skunk cannabis.

At that time he claimed the drugs were for him and said he had been using cannabis since he was 12 and had bought in block for his own supply.

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David McGonigal representing Moss said he accepted he began dealing small amounts because of the large quantities he was then using himself when his relationship was having problems and because of pressures at his then work.

“He thought he was being clever and admits it was only when his arrest came in January that he was brought down to earth,” Mr McGonigal said.

He added that shock had caused him to stop taking cannabis altogether. He was now running his own business doing industrial and commercial cleaning and had five people working for him who would suffer if he was jailed.

Moss, 29 of Aspen Court, Emley, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and supplying cannabis resin.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison suspended for two years with 240 hours unpaid work and an electronically monitored curfew for three months from 9pm to 7am.

Recorder Ray Singh told Moss he had “all the advantages in life which many defendants who appear before these courts do not including a caring family.”

He added: “It baffles me why you saw the need to deal in drugs and it can only be for financial motivation and pure greed on your part.”

But he said he was prepared to give him a chance and suspend the sentence.