A man caught carrying almost an ounce of drugs admitted to police he was doing it to make money.
Alan Duncan had 25g of cocaine in his pockets as he cycled along Rede Avenue, Fleetwood in the small hours.
The 34-year-old, described as “really scared” of going to prison, was given two years and eight months jail by a judge at Preston Crown court.
Duncan, of Crake Avenue, Fleetwood, had pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply and the simple possession of cannabis.
He came to the attention of police patrolling the Fleetwood area at about 2.15am on April 5.
Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, said as the two officers drove onto Rede Avenue they noticed him riding a mountain bike. Police asked him to stop and he did.
“He appeared to be under the influence of some drugs”, Miss Patel told the court. He was told he would be searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Asked if there was anything he wanted to tell the police about, he pointed to his pockets.
A small snap bag containing white powder was in his right trouser pocket.
In the other trouser pocket, were two Kinder eggs containing snap bags that had white powder inside.
Duncan was arrested and said: “I’m just doing it for the money”.
His home was searched and police found snap bags with traces of white powder, digital scales and also a small amount of cannabis in the living room.
Three tick lists were discovered. The total weight of the cocaine seized was 25.6g. Duncan put the value of the drugs at £1,300.
Julian Goode, defending, asked the judge to take an exceptional course by passing a suspended sentence.
Up to seven years ago Duncan had been married and was working.
The end of his marriage caused a downward spiral.
The defendant became depressed, lost his job and finally ended up smoking cannabis on a daily basis.
Mr Goode told the court: “He is absolutely desperate to end the cycle of cannabis abuse.
“He is incredibly scared about the prospect of a custodial sentence and would do anything to avoid one.”
Judge Simon Newell gave him a 32 months sentence, explaining: “I don’t believe it is a case where I can suspend the sentence”.