Man with drugs down his trousers ran from police

A 29-year-old Limavady man who ran from police had drugs down the front of trousers, a court has heard.

Brandon James Wallace, with an address at Kennaught Terrace, was sentenced to complete 150 hours of community service at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The court heard on March 8, 2014, police attended at an address at Rathbeg Walk due to a report about excessive noise.

When police entered the property, Wallace put a coin bank bag in his pocket. He then placed a phone to his ear and subsequently ran from the property.

Police gave chase and when Wallace reached Glenmore Gardens he threw the bag in a garden, which had been concreted.

Police retrieved the bag and discovered it contained 14 blocks of cannabis resin.

Wallace later told the custody sergeant he had mephedrone and it was down the front of his trousers.

Wallace told police the drugs had been bought for £60 and they were for his own personal use.

The court heard the street value of the drugs was £350.

A defence solicitor said Wallace was drunk at the time he ran from police, and said there was no suggestion of intent to supply the drugs.

The solicitor said, on the face of it, it looked like a large consignment of drugs, but it was not.