£2,500 of cannabis kept in box of tea bags - court told

A man who admitted possessing over £2,500 worth of drugs is to be sentenced later today.

Jason Sean Harkin, of Lyndhurst Road, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply on November 9, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the 25-year-old’s home was searched by police under the misuse of drugs act.

A number of fireworks were seized in the house and when the kitchen was searched two bars of cannabis were found in a box of teabags.

The court heard that one of the bars weighed 252 grams and the other weighed 254 grams. It was revealed the potential street value of the drugs was £2530 and police believe the 25-year-old was a low level dealer.

During interview, Harkin claimed that he found the drugs in a box of fireworks he bought and kept them because he panicked.

Defence counsel David Heraghty said his client, who suffered brain damage in an assault some years ago, is “more vulnerable than most would be in a custodial setting”.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing until later today because he has a number of matters to consider.