WHEN police arrested a 27-year-old Cirencester man and searched his home they found £1,170 worth of cannabis, digital scales, mobile phones with drug-related messages on them and £1,100 in cash, a court was told on Monday.

Jordan Baker, of Pheasant Way, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court to possessing cannabis with intent to supply on April 15 this year.

Prosecuting lawyer May Li said; “Although the defendant maintains that he only sells to friends to fund his own drug habit, he played a significant role in street-dealing.”

Defending lawyer Howard Ogden said: “He is getting things together now.”

Probation spokesman Neil Hewitt said: “He engages well with probation but cocaine is his biggest problem.

“It is a shame because he has great potential.”

The court heard that police had gone to arrest Baker for an unrelated matter when they conducted the search and found the drugs.

District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai imposed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for one year, a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and ordered Baker to pay £85 prosecution costs.