"I've picked up stuff for a mate", says defendant after pleading guilty to drug offences

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Portadown man, who pleaded guilty to a litany of drug possession offences, has been handed a suspended custodial sentence.

The case of Jason Graham McGeown, (35), of Ballyoran Park, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, January 7.

The court heard that on September 5, 2019, the defendant was driving on the Tandragee Road, Portadown and officers stopped his vehicle as there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

A search of the defendant found two diazepam tablets (Class C) in his pocket and police were alerted to McGeown’s constant touching of his groin area.

A further search found 6.89 grams of MDMA (Class A), 6.8 grams of methylmethcathinone (Class B) and 6.84 grams of amphetamine (Class B).

At the scene, McGeown told officers: “I’ve picked up stuff for a mate”.

In his defence, the court was told that the offences were almost three years old and he had a similar matter around that time already dealt with. It was stated that the charges came at “a difficult time in his life” but he has since come out the other end as he is drug free and hard working.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remarked that these are “serious charges considering your record” and imposed a three month custodial sentence, suspended for two years for all charges.

A destruction order for the drug was also granted.

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