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Probation for cannabis user who welcomed police into home

They went there to retrieve driving documents when they detected the strong smell of cannabis

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Lurgan man who brought police back to his home which contained cannabis following a routine traffic stop has been sentenced to 18 months probation.

Court heard police spotted the remnants of herbal cannabis, a grinder and smoking apparatus on a table in the 25-year-old’s property.

Matthew McCluskey, 25, of Manse Mews, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Class B, possession of fireworks without a licence and two counts of possession of Class A at Craigavon Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on January 1, police stopped the defendant driving a Honda Civic on Hill Street, Lurgan, after observing his vehicle had a defective light.

Court was told that checks also showed that the car did not have a valid insurance policy.

Officers accompanied McCluskey to his flat where he went to retrieve driving documents when they noted a strong smell of cannabis.

Remnants of herbal cannabis, a grinder and smoking apparatus were found on a table in the property.

The defendant was arrested and cautioned making no reply.

During a search of the property, police found bags of herbal cannabis, fireworks and scales.

McCluskey later made admissions to the offences during an interview in Lurgan Custody Suite.

He claimed the cannabis had been for personal use and he used the scales to weigh drugs which he had bought for himself.

McCluskey was sentenced to 18 months probation and was ordered to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 12 weeks.

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