When police spoke to the occupants of a vehicle in a Banbridge car park they detected the smell of cannabis and found a quantity of the drug in the front passenger door.
Warren Gault (21), Kernan Hill Manor, Portadown, admitted the cannabis belonged to him,
And last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court he was fined £250 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy for possession of a class B drug on October 10 last year.
The court heard that at 2.22am police saw a car in the Main Street car park in Banbridge start to move off with no lights on.
The car was stopped and police noticed a smell of cannabis in the vehicle. A search revealed an amount of cannabis in the front passenger door.
Gault confirmed he was the owner of the cannabis which was valued at £25.
Mr Gabriel Ingram, representing the defendant, said that although there were other people in the vehicle Gault did not ‘try to brazen it out’ but immediately took full responsibility.
He added that his client did not have a problem with drugs but used them on an occasional basis.
District Judge, Mr Peter King, said this was the defendant’s second conviction for a drugs offence.