Man found sleeping on Ballymena pavement had over 200 tablets in his pockets

Man found sleeping on Ballymena pavement had over 200 tablets in his pockets

POLICE found a man asleep on a pavement at North Street in Ballymena and then found he had 152 Diazepam and 53 Xanax tablets in his possession with a street value of £150.

Details emerged at Ballymena Magistrates Court where Stefan Ralston (31), with an address listed as High Street in the town, admitted possessing Class C drugs on June 13 this year.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant had been found "unconscious on a  street in Ballymena with a pocketful of drugs" but is now on a drug substitute drug in prison.

The defendant appeared via video link from jail.

On January 20 last year Ralston was detected driving whilst banned and without insurance in Antrim town.

Mr Moore said: "At 31 he should know better" and needs to address his drugs problem.

The defence lawyer said Ralston previously had a "drug-addled lifestyle."

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: "It is, in many ways, tragic to see somebody squandering their young life with this sort of behaviour" but he said the public needs protected from "somebody careering round like this".

Ralston was given a five months prison sentence and was banned from driving for three years.