A drug dealer caught in Grantham town centre with a stash of MCat has been jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Police detained Jamie Holt after officers were called out to deal with an incident involving a customer under the influence of drugs at the Goose at the Bank pub in the town.
Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said Holt was identified by a member of the public as having supplied the drugs involved and officers detained him nearby.
Miss Bradley said: “He was approached and searched. He produced a leather pouch containing six packets of a white powder.”
Later Holt’s home address was searched and a further quantity of white powder, subsequently identified as MCat, was found.
Messages found on his mobile phone indicated that his dealing had escalated because he needed the money after losing his job.
Holt, 24, of North Parade, Grantham, admitted possession of 31gs of MCat with intent to supply in July 2013.
Judge Michael Heath told him: “This offence is so serious that the only sentence that can be justified for it is custody. Drug dealers go inside at this court.”
Chris Milligan, defending, said that Holt began using MCat when it was a legal high but continued his habit after it became an illegal substance.
Mr Milligan said: “On this particular occasion he had got some MCat to take into town with his friends.
“He was selling to his friends. His mates were going back to his house afterwards to have some MCat.
“He was dealing mainly to friends in small amounts with no significant financial gain. The money he got from it probably paid for his own supply.
“He is extremely sorry that he has got himself in this position.”