A BRYNTEG man who handed himself in to police after his drugs were found at a friend's family home has avoided jail.

James Joseph Clewley, of Westminster Road, appeared at Mold Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old had already admitted being concerned in the supply of a class B drug and possession with intent to supply a class B drug at a previous hearing.

Oliver King, prosecuting, told the court police executed a warrant at four council properties in Pentre Broughton in October 2019.

In a safe at one of the properties they found a quantity of cannabis separated into 41 'deals' - with a value of £410.

Officers also found paraphernalia at the address.

Clewley later handed himself in to police - telling officers the house where the cannabis was found had been a friend's mother's home.

Mr King said the 20-year-old taken responsibility for the drugs in order to prevent a friend from being prosecuted.

He told police he had started smoking the drug following the death of his grandfather and he had built up a debt.

In order to pay it, he sold drugs to people in Brymbo and Brynteg over a period of two months, the court heard.

Judge Nicola Jones said Clewley, who had no previous convictions, was "clearly a man of good integrity" who has a supportive family.

She gave him a six month custodial sentence on each of the two charges to run concurrent - but suspended the sentence for 12 months.

Clewley was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work in the community, 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and pay costs of £300, as well as a victim surcharge of £149.

Judge Jones said: "While smoking cannabis might be acceptable in the circles you mix in, it is an offence. "I know you're still smoking it. It has to stop or you will be at risk of going to prison under this suspended sentence.

"You're a decent lad, all said and done. The fact you handed yourself in is testament to that. Don't let me down."