A Wisbech man had been supplying cocaine and cannabis to help pay his electricity bills so he could keep his tropical fish alive, a court has heard.

Alexander Mitchell, 38, told police after his arrest that he was "struggling financially" and selling cocaine for £40 a bag "to help him pay the bills", especially his electricity one as he "didn't want to be cold or his tropical fish to die".

Mitchell also claimed drug dealing was not a long-term plan and he was only doing it so he could "stop asking his parents for money".

Norwich Crown Court heard he had been stopped by police in February last year while driving his car, after officers discovered he was wanted in connection with a cannabis supply operation.

Cash was found in the vehicle and he became "somewhat upset" after police told him they would be searching his address.

Wisbech Standard: Norwich Crown CourtNorwich Crown Court (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)Hannah Wilson, prosecuting, said Mitchell told officers they would find cocaine and a small amount of cannabis.

A subsequent search uncovered £12 worth of cannabis and a red washbag containing snap bags containing cocaine.

Also found was £120 in cash and a notepad with hand-written notes. Messages relating to the supply of cocaine and cannabis were also found on a phone.

Mitchell, of New Drove, Wisbech, appeared in court on Monday after he admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis and cocaine.

He was not represented in court by a barrister.

Judge Anthony Bate adjourned sentencing until April 2, when he will be at King's Lynn Crown Court, to allow the defendant an opportunity to secure legal representation.

Wisbech Standard: Judge Anthony BateJudge Anthony Bate (Image: Newsquest)Judge Bate also said he wanted further information from the defendant's doctor relating to a number of health problems.