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Lurgan man caught with £1700 worth of cannabis and scales to be sentenced next month

He said he used the scales so that he knew he was getting what he paid for

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A Lurgan man caught with cannabis estimated to be worth in the region of £1,700 worth will have to wait until next month to be sentenced.

Court heard the 21-year-old was also found to have scales, and told police that these were to ensure he was getting what he paid for.

Ryan Taylor, of Logans Drive, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on May 5, police spotted a vehicle which was flagged as being uninsured.

Officers approached the car to speak to the occupants and noted a strong smell of cannabis.

Details were taken from the front passenger, who was the defendant, and a search was conducted.

Police found a large quantity of suspected cannabis and a set of scales.

A further search was conducted of Taylor’s home where officers found two more packages of suspected herbal cannabis.

The court was informed the combined amount of the drug found was around 202 grams.

When interviewed, the defendant claimed the cannabis was for personal use.

Taylor claimed he used the scales so that he knew that he was getting what he paid for.

Prosecution stated that police estimated that the value of the drugs found was around £1,700, commenting that this was “to do with the type”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly made a destruction order on all drugs and said she required a pre-sentence report in the case.

Taylor will return to court on February 27 for sentencing.

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