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Arrest warrant out as man caught with Ecstasy convicted in absence after no show in court

Police had responded to a report of a suspected drug deal involving three males near Iceland in Lurgan

Craigavon Magistrates Court

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who was convicted in his absence of possession of MDMA in Lurgan.

This decision was taken by the district judge because of the 29-year-old’s previous relevant convictions.

Seamus O’Leary, of Townsend Street in Belfast, did not appear as he was charged with possession of a Class A drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

It was heard that on May 19, at 2.20pm, police received a report of a suspected drug deal involving three males near Iceland in Lurgan.

Whilst attending the scene officers spotted three males walking, two of whom matched the descriptions given by witnesses.

One of the males was the defendant and when told he was going to be searched he produced a substance which he referred to as MDMA.

During interview, O’Leary made full admissions and confirmed that the substance was Ecstasy.

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “A conviction will be recorded and given his record I am ordering an arrest warrant.”

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