A GAMBLER took to dealing cannabis after building up debts of £16,000, a court heard.
Zakar Hussain, 24, was arrested after police stopped him in a hire car in the Headingley area of Leeds and he “stank” of the Class B drug. Leeds Crown Court heard officers searched the VW Golf on Shaw Lane after stopping Hussain at 10.50pm on November 2 last year. Six bags of cannabis were discovered along with a small amount of MDMA. The cannabis had a street value of £56. Hussain’s mobile phone was seized and found to contain linking him to dealing cannabis.
Hussain, of Alcester Place, Chapeltown, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply, supplying a class B drug and possessing a class A drug. Nick Worsley, mitigating, said Hussain had taken out a £16,000 to clear a gambling debt and was struggling to pay back the money as he was unable to find work.
The barrister Hussain had left work with qualifications and had trained as a plumber and a builder but was unable to find work due to the economic downturn. He added that Hussain now had a job at a garage and was determined to support his partner and their children. Hussain was given an eight month sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work and was made the subject of a curfew for three months.
Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “You are a young man who is far too intelligent to be getting yourself into offending like this.
“I am going to give you the chance to prove that this was a one off event in your life.”