Judge tells Bangor man: 'Importing drugs from another country is asking for trouble'

Judge tells Bangor man: 'Importing drugs from another country is asking for trouble'

A JUDGE told a man with a Bangor address "importing drugs from another country" was "asking for trouble".

District Judge Mark Hamill was speaking at Newtownards Magistrates Court to Dillon Mills (25), of Crochan Court.

The defendant had failed to complete Probation for original offences of importing and attempting to import drugs and has now had it replaced with a one year conditional discharge.

When Mills failed to turn up at court a number of weeks ago a defence lawyer said the defendant had "slept in" and Judge Hamill had warned that if it happened again he may be awakened by a "burly police officer with an arrest warrant in his hand".

Mills was in attendance at court on Wednesday February 9 which heard he had imported amounts of drugs from Antwerp in Belgium in envelopes addressed to himself.

The defendant told police he bought drugs online and had paid '£144' for 35 grammes of 'Speed' and five grammes of MDMA  for '£20'.

A defence lawyer said there had been seven "small" amounts of drugs which were for personal use "but never any question of attempts to deal".

The lawyer said the defendant had failed to complete the Probation Order because of "severe social anxiety and depression".

Judge Hamill told Mills: "Possession of drugs is bad enough but importing them from another country you are asking for trouble, so don't do it again."