Man convicted of drugs offences given ‘one last chance’

A man has been given an Enhanced Combination Order at Derry Magistrates’ Court for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

James Liam McNally (35) of Moyola Drive in Derry appeared at the local Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

He was charged with possessing the drugs with intent to supply and possessing them on September 20 last year.

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The court heard that the Police Service of Northern Ireland were attending an address and that the defendant was not present initially.

While officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were there the defendant arrived at the property and told police officers that there were drugs on the premises, the court heard.

He gave police a carrier bag containing 195mgs of cannabis divided up into small packages.

At police interview the defendant made admissions to possessing the drugs but he denied being involved in their supply.

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He said that the quantity of drugs was divided into the smaller packages in order to help him control his usage.

Defence counsel Stephen Mooney said that it was obvious this police operation was part of a pre-planned operation.

He said that McNally had no chance to hide or dispose of the drugs.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said that possessing drugs with intent to supply made some 'more culpable' than simple possession.

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He said probation considered the defendant had a problem with cannabis.

The judge said he would give one last chance.

He imposed an Enhanced Combination Order with 100 hours community service and 12 months probation.