A Portadown man who admitted to police that he had “a bit of everything on him” has been handed a suspended term of imprisonment for a litany of drugs charges.
His barrister told court: “This was a difficult time for him. He was unemployed and was not able to deal with the stresses of life. He is now drug free and working.”
Jason Graham McGeown, of Ballyoran Park, appeared for sentencing on two counts of possession of Class B, possession of Class A and possession of Class C at Craigavon Magistrates; Court on Friday.
Prosecution outlined that at around 8pm on September 5, of 2019, police on patrol of the Tandragee Road in Portadown observed this defendant, who was wanted under a warrant, driving in a vehicle with his children.
Officers stopped McGeown in order to perfect his arrest and during a search two diazepam tablets were located on his person.
Whilst in custody, it was noted that the defendant appeared to be fixing a mass which was in his groin area.
Officers informed him a further search would be conducted, at which point McGeown admitted that he had “a bit of everything on him” as he had just picked them up from a friend.
During the search, officers located 6.89 grams of MDMA, 6.8 grams of methadone and 6.84 grams of amphetamine, along with deal bags and scales.
Defence barrister David McKeown commented that this offence was some three years ago and that his client had been dealt with for a similar matter around this time.
He stated: “This was a difficult time for him. He was unemployed and was not able to deal with the stresses of life. He is now drug free and working.”
District Judge Bernie Kelly commented that these were “serious offences” given McGeown’s record but he was “lucky” to have received a suspended sentence just days after these offences.
The defendant was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for a period of two years.