Community service for drug pleas

Man admits being found in possession of unprescribed Pregabalin

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Portadown man has been told to “stop letting down your family” after pleading guilty to three drug offences.

The case of Jamie Wright, (20), of Clontylew Road, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, November 17.

The court heard that on June 7 this year, police on patrol on Banbridge Road, Lurgan, could detect a strong smell of cannabis coming from the defendant. A search detected a tub of cannabis in his left pocket and he admitted possession for personal use and it cost £35.

Furthermore, on September 11 this year, on West Street, Portadown, police could once again detect a strong smell of cannabis coming from the defendant. A search found a small blue container containing 5.33 grams of cannabis and Wright made full admissions.

On the same date (September 11), Wright was observed two hours later sitting on a bench after CCTV footage showed him placing a clear bag into the front of his trousers. Before being conveyed to the station, Wright handed over the bag containing 4 grams of cannabis and admitted it was his.

Defending, Peter Coiley BL, stated that the drugs were already on his possession after the first detection on September 11, however, that doesn’t distinguish the severity of the charges. He further stated that his client has problems that needs addressed and that he has the full support of his family to achieve this.

District Judge Greg McCourt acknowledged from the pre-sentence report that Wright “has no interest in stopping taking cannabis.”

For the offence on June 7 this year, the defendant was imposed with 150 hours of community service.

For the two offences on September 11 this year, Wright was imposed with a four month sentence in a Young Offender Institute, suspended for two years.

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