Solicitor for man (21) caught with cannabis says ‘youthful experimentation is hopefully now out of his system’

The offence was detected at Ballee Road East. Picture: Google Maps.

A DEFENCE solicitor for a 21-year-old man caught with cannabis told Ballymena Magistrates Court “youthful experimentation” is “hopefully now out of his system”.

Josh Hugh Ervine, an apprentice carpet fitter, of Old Frosses Road, Cloughmills, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing class B drugs.

A prosecutor said that at 2.40am on June 7 this year police stopped a Volkswagen Jetta at Ballee Road East, Ballymena, and seized a grinder containing cannabis along with a bag containing five buds of cannabis from the defendant.

District Judge Nigel Broderick asked if the defendant had a drug problem but defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said: “No, I think it is a case of youthful experimentation which hopefully is now out of this man’s system”.

He said the defendant’s parents were “very upset” by the matter.

The defendant was fined £200.

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