Man fined for cannabis possession after door lying open

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who was detected with a small amount of cannabis in his house, has been fined.

The case of Darren Nelson, (28), of Union Street, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, November 17.

The court heard that on August 8 last year, officers noticed the defendant’s front door lying open in the early hours of the morning and were worried about a potential break-in.

However, officers detected a strong smell of cannabis and despite nothing being found on his possession during a search, a small amount was found inside the property with Nelson making full admissions.

In his defence, the court was told that Nelson didn’t waste officers’ time at the scene and that he used cannabis for his deteriorating health matters – but his client realises this is illegal.

District Judge Greg McCourt imposed a £200 fine and a destruction order for the drug.

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