A drug dealer threw a bag of heroin over in fence “in fear” after he spotted police coming to talk to him when they believed he was acting suspiciously in a Derbyshire street.
Michael Johnson was seen by officers trying to get rid of the bag of the class A drug which burst when it landed on the ground in Barker Lane, Chesterfield, Derby Crown Court was told.
One of the policemen scaled the fence to recover the drugs and the 26-year-old was arrested.
Then, when at the station, cannabis was discovered wrapped in cling film next to his genitals when he was strip searched.
Handing Johnson a two year jail term, suspended for two years, Recorder Jason MacAdam said: “You are a young man who was under some pressure to commit these offences from your drug dealer who took advantage of your vulnerable nature.
“But I have heard you have made real efforts and I believe it is in the public interest to give you this one chance to rid yourself of this drug addiction.
“If that is achieved that is one less person committing crime.”
Gurdial Singh, prosecuting, said the offence took place on June 21 last year.
He said police spotted Johnson stood by a van acting suspiciously and started to walk towards him.
Mr Singh said: “They saw him throw a bag over a fence as they got towards him.
“One of the officers climbed over the fence to recover it and when he found it, the bag had burst.
“It was analysed and discovered to be 9g of heroin which could have been sold for a top value of £450.”
Mr Singh said Johnson was then taken to the police station where a strip search discovered the cannabis, which was wrapped in cling film, hidden in his genitals.
Mr Singh said: “He accepts he would have sold it (the heroin) had he had the opportunity and “he said he threw the bag of heroin away in fear after seeing the police.”
Johnson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of cannabis, which the prosecution accepted was for his own use.
Richard Barradell, for Johnson, of Bubwith Road, Sheffield, who has no previous convictions, said: “He is a vulnerable young man with mental health issues whose drug dealer lived in Chesterfield.
“He had been tempted into buying drugs but (until this offence) had not resorted to crime.
“He was left by his drug dealer holding the baby on this day and that man has already been through the courts and is now in prison.”