Ballymena man sentenced for possessing cannabis with intent to supply

Ballymena man sentenced for possessing cannabis with intent to supply

A BALLYMENA man has been sentenced for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Thomas Alexander McPeake (27), with an address listed as Wakehurst Park, also pleaded guilty to attempting to possess cannabis in March last year.

Ballymena Magistrates Court was told a package sent from Canada containing cannabis and a variety of Class B products was addressed to the defendant at an address in Ballymena.

He told police he "knew nothing" about the package.

When his address was searched, 26 grammes of suspected cannabis was seized. His mobile phone was also seized.

When interviewed he admitted possessing drugs but said it was not 26 grammes of cannabis as it was "mixed with tobacco".

The prosecutor said the intercepted parcel contained five packages of suspected herbal cannabis; 12 packs of food products suspected to contain 'THC''; six pots of suspected THC resin; six vaping liquid THC cubes; ten sachets of suspected THC extracts and a tin of pre-rolled cones containing suspected cannabis.

The defendant admitted the offences

A prosecutor said the phone showed messages relating to "drug dealing" and the defendant  "accepted that".

A defence lawyer said the defendant had a "long-standing issue" with cannabis.

District Judge Nigel Broderick put the defendant on Probation for a year and varied a previous suspended sentence to run for another year.