Man in court in connection with discovery of drugs in vehicle at Portglenone

POLICE stopped a vehicle in the Portglenone area in March this year and after a smell of cannabis was detected a search yielded a grinder with a small amount of the drug – enough for two ‘joints’ – while 0.5 grammes of cocaine were found in a man’s wallet.

Ryan Doherty (21), of Glasgort Road, Aghadowey, was at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for sentencing on charges of possessing Class A and B drugs in relation to March 14 this year.

A prosecutor said police noticed the two male occupants of the car were “evasive”.

During the search police located a grinder with a small amount of herbal cannabis in the vehicle and 0.5grammes of Class A in the defendant’s wallet and the defendant immediately admitted the drugs were his.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the defendant, who appeared at court via a video link from his solicitor’s office, was in breach of a Probation Order and a suspended sentence for “similar offences”.

He said the defendant was a “young man who didn’t have his troubles to seek” and had been using cannabis to “self-medicate” but had attended drugs counselling and was “trying to turn things around”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick deferred sentencing but warned the defendant if he re-offended he had no one to blame but himself if he was jailed.

The case was adjourned to next April.

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