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Judge questions why man found with bags of cannabis and cocaine not facing supply charges

He handed police a clear bag of herbal cannabis, a grinder and two bags of white powder

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A district judge has questioned why a Lurgan man who was found in possession of several bags of cocaine and cannabis was not charged with intent to supply.

The case involving the 29-year-old was adjourned for a pre-sentence report after the concerns were raised.

John McConville, of Ballynery North Road, pleaded guilty to possession of Class A and possession of Class B at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on May 29, at 10.55pm, police observed an Audi with one male occupant in the Craigavon area in a car park.

Officers spoke to the driver, who identified himself as the defendant, and noted a strong smell of cannabis.

Upon being informed that a search was to be conducted, McConville handed police a clear bag of herbal cannabis, a grinder and two bags of white powder.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located seven more bags of suspected herbal cannabis and a further amount of white powder, which was identified as cocaine.

The defendant was subsequently arrested and taken to Lurgan Custody Suite.

District Judge Amanda Brady stated: “I wonder why he was not charged with intent to supply, you have two different drugs in several bags.

“I am going to ask for a pre-sentence report without hearing any plea and having to tie myself to this case.”

The case was adjourned until January 8 for sentencing.

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