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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