Police who stopped a speeding van driver on the A55 near Bangor had then found eight kilos of cannabis worth at least £81,000, a court heard.

Shaun Hobday, aged 35, a painter and decorator, of King Street, Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, was jailed for two years.

He admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in supplying the drug.

Judge Timothy Petts told him at Caernarfon crown court :”Appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.”

Prosecutor Elen Owen said it appeared some of the drug dealer’s customers were suppliers themselves.

Defence barrister Dafydd Roberts said Hobday had never been to prison before. He was addicted previously to cannabis and cocaine.

Mr Roberts said Hobday had built up a significant debt and had offended to try and get himself out of that debt. He was a family man.