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Armagh man caught with £10 cannabis wrap in car had forgotten it was there

Court told defendant at time of offence had not smoked cannabis in six weeks

An Armagh man with a £10 cannabis wrap in his car had forgotten it was there.

This was related at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where Christopher Shane Duffy pleaded guilty to possession of  a Class B drug.

It was on May 12 at around 8.45pm, that the 27-year-old, of Culdee Street, was stopped by police on mobile patrol.

Officers noted evidence of drug use in the vehicle and proceeded to search the defendant, but nothing was found.

During a further search of the car, police found a small wrap of cannabis valued at around £10.

When interviewed Duffy admitted to owning the drugs, claiming it was for his own personal use.

He also told police that it had been bought a long time ago and he had forgotten it was in the vehicle.

Defence solicitor Jarlath Fields said Duffy at the time had not smoked cannabis for six weeks and was now six months clean.

Court was told that the defendant was an electrician who now lives and works in Dublin but was originally from Armagh.

Duffy was ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

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