Drug dealer caught during early-hours bike ride is spared jail

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A DRUG dealer who was caught when police pulled him over for smoking a cannabis joint during an early hours bike ride, has been spared jail.

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 “debtor’s list” and messages on his mobile phone, linking him to selling drugs.

Lobb, of Hedgeley Road, Hebburn, admitted possession and supply charges of both drugs.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Lobb was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision and drug-rehabilitation requirement.

Judge James Goss, QC, told him: “Efforts can be made to rid you from your use of drugs and the offending that results from your use of drugs.”

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court it was about 1.45am when officers spotted Lobb.

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 Lobb, who has previous convictions for possessing amphetamine and cannabis, was also carrying £295 in cash.

Graeme Cook, defending, said Lobb has been using the drugs on a daily basis for the past 26 years and is reluctant to see it as wrong, but will make efforts to stop.