A BRIERLEY Hill cannabis dealer has been jailed after he was caught with nearly £1,200 worth of the controlled drug.

Howard Searle, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court that police officers spotted Mahmood Tahsin, aged 24, with two known drug users acting suspiciously and they saw them all disappear into an alleyway.

They detained Tahsin after a struggle and when searched at Brierley Hill Police Station he was found to be in possession of 34 cannabis deals.

Then, when police searched a flat in the High Street above the alleyway, they recovered a further 69 bags of cannabis valued at £1,190.

Tahsin admitted two charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and he was told by Judge John Wait it was clear he was a street dealer selling drugs to fuel his own habit.

The judge said it was accepted Tahsin was a heavy user of cannabis at the rate of £150 worth a week and he had squandered the opportunity of a drug rehabilitation order he had been given at a previous court hearing.

He ruled a ten month jail term for the offences should run consecutively to a three month sentence currently being served by Tahsin after he was caught driving while disqualified for the fourth time.

Simon Hanns, for Tahsin, said his client had been under financial pressure at the time he committed the offences.