A drug dealer who tried to palm off a punter with garden grass instead of cannabis was caught out when the "customer" told police he had been robbed.

Demier Edwards-Campbell was jailed for three and a half years on Friday, February 20, after being found guilty of possession with intent to supply class A drugs following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

The jobless 21-year-old's narcotics enterprise came tumbling down when police were called to Brighton Road, Surbiton, in May last year to reports of a robbery.

Officers then discovered the "victim" of the robbery had arranged to meet Edwards-Campbell to buy cannabis, and had paid the dealer £225 before realising he had been fobbed off with garden grass.

Police later found more than 100 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine at Edwards-Campbell’s home address in Inner Park Road, Southfields.

Detective constable Paul Lawlor, from Kingston police, said: "The 'customer,' miffed at his discovery, went back and detained his dealer and demanded his money back.

"When Edwards-Campbell refused he called police claiming he had been robbed.

"Had we not been alerted by his irate client we may never have discovered the subsequent class A drugs at his home address."