A drug dealer was caught after police pulled him over for smoking a cannabis joint during an early-hours bike ride.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Mark Lobb was carrying £225 worth of cannabis deals and £60 worth of amphetamine wraps when police stopped him on May 2 last year.
When officers later searched the 43-year-old’s home, they found a debtors’ list and messages on his mobile phone linked to selling drugs.
Lobb, of Hedgeley Road, Hebburn, admitted possession and supply of both drugs.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court it was around 1.45am when officers spotted Lobb on his bike in his home town.
Mr Pallister said: “He was riding a bike and smoking what turned out to be a cannabis joint.
“When asked by the officers if he was in possession of any other drugs, he volunteered cannabis and amphetamine from his pocket.”
The court heard that Lobb has previous convictions for possessing amphetamine and cannabis.
He was also carrying £295 in cash when he was stopped by police.
Graeme Cook, defending, said Lobb had been using the drugs on a daily basis for the past 26 years and is reluctant to regard doing so as being wrong.
Recorder Mark Gargan adjourned the case so Lobb can be assessed to see if he is suitable for a drug rehabilitation order.
The judge said it had been his initial instinct to put the dealer behind bars straight away, but he was persuaded to try a different course.
Lobb will be back in court next month and was given bail in the meantime.