County Antrim man faces drugs charges

County Antrim man faces drugs charges

A MAN with a Crumlin address is accused of drugs offences.

Paul McGrath (33), of River Oaks, is charged in relation to February 7, 2020.

He is charged with possessing MDMA.

The defendant is also accused of 'possession of 3.97kg of benzocaine, capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of one or more of a number of offences, namely possession of a Class A controlled drug, possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply, production of a Class A controlled drug, and supplying a class A controlled drug, believing that one or more of those offences would be committed (but having no belief as to which) and believing that your act will encourage or assist the commission of one or more of them contrary to Section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007'.

He is further accused of possessing 25 shotgun cartridges without holding a firearm certificate.

The defendant appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena where no further details were given.

During a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court - a prosecutor submitted there was a case to answer and a defence lawyer made no contrary submissions.

The case was sent to Antrim Crown Court on February 22 and the defendant was given £500 bail.

Successfully applying for legal aid for the commital, the defence lawyer said the defendant was "on benefits".