A man who hid cocaine inside a condom has been warned if he fails to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and undergo alcohol/drug treatment as part of 18 months of Probation he could be jailed for four months.
Conor Clarence (29), with an address at Ballyclose Street in Limavady, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine after he was spotted acting suspiciously at Guildhall Square in Derry/Londonderry around 8.30pm on November 18 in 2016.
Coleraine Magistrates Court heard police found small bags of cannabis in a condom in Clarence’s sock with an estimated street value of up to £360.
Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said his client had a “long-standing history” of drug use and the cocaine was for the defendant’s own use.
Clarence appeared before the court via video link from prison, where he has been on remand in relation to another matter.
The defence barrister said his client has been drug free inside for six months.
District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had a “bad record in relation to possession of drugs” and said Clarence was fortunate he was not being prosecuted for possessing drugs with intent to supply.
The judge ordered the defendant to do Probation for 18 months and 100 hours of Community Service and he must participate in drug/alcohol programmes or else he could face four months behind bars.