Man with drug messages on his mobile phone claimed he was only supplying to friends

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Ballymena Court.

A CUSHENDALL man detected with cannabis in his house and messages on his mobile phone relating to drugs claimed he was only supplying to friends and was not dealing for “commercial profit”.

Tyrone McCormick (22), of Glenville Crescent, previously pleaded guilty to charges of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possessing the drug and also having Xanax.

The offences relate to 2017.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on November 1 it was heard two people in a car at the car park near McDonald’s Restaurant in Ballymena came to police attention in August last year.

A prosecutor said she believed the co-accused was dealt with by means of an “alternative disposal”.

McCormick had three Xanax tablets and in an interview he said he was addicted to them and took 15 a day.

21.6 grammes of cannabis were recovered from a wardrobe during a search of the defendant’s home and messages suggesting involvement in the supply of drugs were found on a mobile.

The defendant told police a grinder which also had been found was to grind cannabis.

Defence barrister Andrew Moriarty said there had been no attempt at “subterfuge” and his client denied supplying drugs for any “commercial purpose” but instead, the defendant – who works as an electrician’s assistant – was supplying to “mates or friends”.

The lawyer said the incidents had been a “turning point” in his client’s life and he has been referred for drugs counselling and had also sought help for anxiety issues.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said everyone should realise possessing drugs and, more importantly, supplying them to others was a “very serious matter”.

He noted the prosecution accepted McCormick had been supplying drugs to his friends “for no commercial profit” as he ordered the defendant to do 180 hours of unpaid work which, he said, was a direct alternative to prison.

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