A Co Down chef who admitted baking cannabis brownies for his friends has avoided prison.
Imposing a four month jail sentence on Richard Steenson at Newtownards Magistrates Court but suspending it for three years, District Judge Mark Hamill told him he should be "absolutely aware of the danger of how close you are to going to prison today".
Steenson (34), from Manor Grove, Bangor, earlier admitted five drug offences including having cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply between December 2, 2019 and March 16 last year.
A prosecuting lawyer said the drugs were uncovered in a safe found in Steenson's home when police searched it last March.
Defence counsel Chris Holmes revealed that Steenson "is a chef and had been baking brownies" with cannabis in them which he then sold to friends for £5 each.
"He was getting enough back for the raw materials," said the lawyer.
But having heard the street value of the drugs was just over £2,000, Mr Hamill said while he maybe a "not for profit supplier... that's a lot of brownies."
Steenson was also fined £275 .