A PRESTONPANS drug dealer who admitted selling cannabis to others has been told he is lucky not to be going to jail.

Asad Afzal was caught supplying the Class B drug at an address at Milton Road East in Edinburgh earlier this year.

The 28-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Friday, where a sheriff told him, “with the greatest of reluctance”, that he was not going to prison.

Defending solicitor Mr Condray said that his client had been supplying the drugs to acquaintances in an effort to pay for his own habit.

Mr Condray said Afzal, of Jim Bush Drive, had now “eliminated his cannabis use” since his arrest and that he was “remorseful and apologetic” for his actions but added he “only has himself to blame”.

The lawyer added that Afzal was a married man who had recently became a new dad and the birth of his child has given him “the impetus to make changes” to his life.

Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC told Afzal that he was fortunate to be walking away from the dock and instead of custody he ordered the drug dealer to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Afzal pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis to others between January 3 and 6.