An ex-armed robber who said he took cannabis to ease back pain from a slipped disk has been spared jail.
Lance Nazorowicz, 47, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a small quantity of steroids when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.
The court heard officers executed a search warrant at the home he shared with his parter and children in Charnock Street, Preston, under Operation Nimrod.
They discovered just under two ounces of cannabis skunk and a small amount of steroids in the kitchen at the property.
Nazorowicz, who walked into the dock on crutches, told officers he had started using the class B drug after he suffered a back injury and claimed the prescription painkillers he was on were not enough to quell the agony he was in.
He had completed an 11- year prison sentence in 2013 for armed robbery and had tackled his addiction to heroin while behind bars, the court heard.
He claimed youths in the area had smelt cannabis on him and started knocking on the door asking to buy drugs from him. He would buy £150 in bulk and sell a small quantity in £10 deals, but used the majority of his supply himself.
Judge Simon Newell, sentencing, said: “One is always sceptical when one hears that but, whatever the proportion between personal use and professional sale, this is low level street dealing. You should have known better, particularly with your convictions.”
He handed him a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months with 12-months supervision.