A COURT heard a Ballymena man admitted 60 diazepam tablets were his but that two small packs of Ecstasy belonged to a male who had been in his flat and had “pushed them into his hand to get away before police arrived”.
Brandon Andrews (21), formerly of Mill Mews, Ballymena, but now of Durnish Road in Antrim, was before Ballymena Magistrates Court and given an eight months jail term.
A prosecutor said police attended the defendant’s home on March 15 this year and saw powder and “drug deal bags” sitting on a table.
The prosecutor said that during interview the defendant admitted the diazepam was his but the Ecstasy was not his but a male who had been in his flat “pushed them into his hand to get away before police arrived”.
The defendant was in court for sentencing on charges of possessing Class A and Class C drugs.
Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant was “struggling” with a number of issues.
District Judge Nigel Broderick jailed the defendant for eight months saying the court had “lost patience with him”.
Bail was entered on the sum of £500 pending appeal.