A man arrested in a case of mistaken identity was found with supplies of the psychoactive substance Mamba, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Elliott Sizer was detained by officers on Lincoln High Street on October 26 last year in connection with what was described as “a serious offence”.
Jonathan Dunn, prosecuting, said that officers had been searching for a man whom had a warrant out for his arrest and detained Sizer.
It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity as Sizer was not the man they were looking for.
But when Sizer was searched, 20 wraps of Mamba were found on him.
Mr Dunn said that Sizer claimed the illegal substance was for his own use but when his mobile phone was checked text messages were found with a number indicating he was involved in dealing.
Mr Dunn said: “It is plain that the owner of the phone was dealing in Mamba at £8 a unit and was reasonably active.”
Sizer, 21, of Portland Terrace, Gainsborough, admitted charges of possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply and offering to supply a psychoactive substance.
He was given a four month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 40 days.
Siward James-Moore, in mitigation, said that at the time of his arrest Sizer was homeless but has since moved to live away from Lincoln.
“He is living with his girlfriend. He says all he ever wanted was to have stability.”
Mr James-Moore said that Sizer had turned his life around since moving to Gainsborough and has stayed away from psychoactive substances.
“He now feels the best he has felt for six or seven years.”