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Markethill man caught with £900 worth of cocaine and cannabis in Keady

Defence said his client 'has had no issues since, he now has a nine-month-old child and has effectively turned his life around'

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A Markethill man who was found in possession of £900 worth of cocaine and cannabis has been handed a suspended sentence.

The 42-year-old’s barrister told court his client “had no issues since, he now has a nine-month-old child and has effectively turned his life around”.

Mark McCormick, of Ashlea Close, pleaded guilty to possession of Class A and possession of Class B at Armagh Magistrates’, Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that at 12.30pm on February 7, of last year, police stopped the defendant driving a Ford Focus on the Granemore Road, Keady.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located 29-grams of suspected cocaine with a further quantity of cannabis being found on McCormick’s person.

Court was informed by the prosecution that the total value of the drugs which were seized was around £900.

Defence barrister Patrick Taggart stated: “During interview, Mr McCormick accepted having a cocaine addiction. He has had no issues since, he now has a nine-month-old child and has effectively turned his life around.”

Deputy District Judge Laura Ivers was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for 12 months.

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