Lurgan man with 'atrocious record for drugs' fined for possessing cannabis

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A 41-year-old Lurgan man has been fined after accepting a charge of possessing a quantity of drugs earlier this year.

Appearing before Craigavon Magistrates Court was Dean Robert Currie from Russell Drive who admitted having cannabis on 31 January.

An additional charge of possessing the prescription-only drugs diazepam, lansoprazole and propranolol was withdrawn.

A defending lawyer explained Currie was given a suspended prison sentence at Craigavon Crown Court in March and is scheduled to commence community service work this week.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remarked, “This man has an atrocious record for drugs offences.”

The defence replied, “He has a terrible addiction and he had escalated toward supply and other issues which have come out in the last couple of years.

"He was imprisoned by this court and served it out, which is why the Crown Court judge felt his heels had been cooled and gave him an opportunity with a suspended sentence and community service.”

On enquiring what Currie does for a living, Judge Kelly was told he is presently in receipt of benefits due to health problems.

She asked, “None of which are connected to taking drugs, I suppose?”

The defence explained Currie spent six weeks in hospital with a collapsed lung, but accepted: “It won’t have been helped by the amount of drugs he has consumed over the years. He also has major physical problems."

Judge Kelly ruled, “Purely because there are ongoing sentences, I will on this occasion impose a fine of £500.”

She also ordered the destruction of the drugs and any other items seized by police.

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