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Co Armagh man fined £400 after pulling joint from shoe when searched by police

A Lurgan man who told police “it’s a joint” after being cautioned for possession of cannabis has been fined £400.

The 22-year-old’s representation in court stated the his client was now in full-time employment and “no longer behaved in such a way”.

Daniel Millar, of Drumnamoe Avenue, pleaded guilty to possession of class B drugs at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

It was heard police on patrol in the Lurgan area witnessed the defendant get out of a Volkswagen car at around 3pm on June 19.

As officers approached Millar they detected a strong smell of herbal cannabis and due to suspicion decided to search the defendant.

Millar elected to hand over to police a small amount of cannabis which he took from inside his left shoe.

When cautioned by officers the defendant said: “It’s a joint”.

During interview, Millar made full admissions and stated the cannabis was for his own personal use.

Defence counsel said they wanted to make clear that the defendant was the passenger in the vehicle he had been seen exiting.

She added that this was a “small quantity” but that Millar was aware this was aggravated by him having previously being issued cautions.

The defence counsel finished by saying the defendant was no in full-time employment and “no longer behaves in such a way”.

Millar was ordered to pay a fine of £400, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 16 weeks.

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