Man attempts to hide cocaine in shrubbery in Ballymena but tells police: ‘You caught me red-handed’

WHEN police believed a driver was trying to avoid them by turning into a side road in Ballymena they followed and when he parked and went to a house he claimed he was making a takeaway food delivery, however officers found he had concealed a bag of cocaine in a shrubbery.

The man admitted: “You caught me red-handed”.

Michael Robinson (27), with an address at Hazelwood Drive in Craigywarren, was detected around 7pm on July 24 this year after turning off the Galgorm Road into Leighinmohr Avenue.

A prosecutor said the drugs were worth £20.

In another incident, this time on March 13 at 11.10pm, police on patrol in the Larne Road area of Ballymena indicated for a car to stop.

The defendant was driving and a small bag of suspected cocaine and a tobacco pouch with two grammes of suspected cannabis were recovered.

During a police interview the defendant admitted to “throwing” items from a car window upon seeing police.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had “significant addiction issues”

The court heard the defendant was in breach of a “directly relevant” suspended sentence.

District Judge Nigel Broderick jailed the defendant for seven months.

The defendant was released on the sum of £500 pending appeal.

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