66-year-old Clifford Fitzgerald was spared jail despite £500-worth of drugs found in his room
Clifford Fitzgerald, 66, was evicted after police uncovered a £520 stash of cocaine and heroin and £320 in cash hidden under his pillow.
A court heard the pensioner peddled the Class A drugs for his dealer and was given some in return.
The grandfather, who is now living in a hotel, admitted two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
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He was a victim in his own home
Jason Holt, defending barrister
But he was spared jail and was handed a two year sentence, suspended for two years, with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Judge David Fletcher said: "As a result of your addiction to drugs, heroin specifically, you were persuaded by a dealer, of whom you were clearly frightened, to act as his agent in supplying people who came to your door with class A drugs.
"You handed the drugs to them and they handed you the money which you handed to him. In return you got some of your own drug without paying for it directly."
Police uncovered heroin and cocaine at Fitzgerald's residence when he was arrested
Judge Fletcher also ordered the confiscation of the £310 seized during the raid.
The court heard police executed a search warrant at Fitzgerald's sheltered accommodation home in Winifred Gardens on April 16 last year.
Prosecutor Hunter Gray said: "Officers found 15 wraps of cocaine, 11 wraps of heroin and £310 cash under pillows in the bedroom.
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Fitzgerald was spared jail time because he was clearly threatened by a drug dealer
Fitzgerald – who has nine previous convictions for 15 previous offences – was arrested and confessed his crimes to police.
Jason Holt, defending, said Fitzgerald had been pressurised by his dealer and has the support of his son and daughter-in-law.
He added: "He was a victim in his own home."
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