A grieving son who was left traumatised after the sudden shock death of his mother turned to drugs and was found with more than a kilo of cannabis in a van.

His cannabis use "spiralled and escalated to beyond any comprehension" after he used it in desperation to cope with his grief.

The haul of cannabis could have been worth more than £9,000 on the streets and he and his passenger had £2,000 cash with them, a court heard.

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James Watts, 34, of Dairycoates Avenue, Hull, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply on August 21 last year.

Julia Baggs, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that police stopped a Ford Transit van being driven by Watts on the A63 at North Ferriby at about 11.15pm.

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They found two large bags of herbal cannabis, weighing 1.167kg, with an estimated street value of £9,030.

They also found a large amount of cash and recovered £2,000 from him and a male passenger.

The home of Watts was searched and more cannabis was found, along with a grinder, lighting for cannabis growth, four cut plants, two foil sheets and other drugs equipment.

There was also £317 cash.

Watts had convictions for 33 previous offences, including five drug matters.

He had been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence, with drug rehabilitation, in May 2014.

Michael Forrest, mitigating, said that Watts had suffered the death of his mother in traumatic circumstances in 2016 from a brain haemorrhage, even though she had been "perfectly healthy".

He bottled up his grief and turned to cannabis.

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"His cannabis use spiralled and escalated to beyond any comprehension," said Mr Forrest.

"He was simply using cannabis to block out the pain."

Recorder Felicity Davies told Watts: "It really is time for you to recognise that taking cannabis is not only a criminal offence but it is an action which puts you at risk of being sent to prison.

"It requires effort of will on your part to decide that you are going to stop taking it.

"I am going to give you another chance and I hope that, this time, if not for yourself but for those who matter to you, you will make the effort to stop using cannabis."

Watts was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence, 150 hours' unpaid work, six months' drug treatment and 35 days' rehabilitation.