A MAN who had over £1,000 of cannabis at home has been given a two year suspended sentence.
Noel Mullane (45) of Willowvale, Enniskillen pleaded guilty to possessing a Class B drug and possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.
At approximately 4.40pm on Tuesday, January 3 police on mobile patrol in Derrygonnelly saw a silver Volkswagen Golf parked at the side of the road. Mullane was in the car and appeared anxious and nervous.
The officers smelled cannabis and when they searched the car they found a small amount of the Class B drug in the car’s ashtray. The officers subsequently carried out a search on Mullane’s home and found scales, clingfilm, and approximately 66 grams of cannabis worth in the region of £1,300.
Mullane was arrested and admitted to possessing the cannabis in the car and a small amount at home, which he said he used for mental health issues. The defendant said he had no knowledge of the large amount, however, and he explained he’d had a house party when someone may have brought it to the house.
The defendant also told police he was not a supplier, but the court heard messages on his mobile phone suggested otherwise. Defence solicitor Clive Neville said these messages were “one way traffic” from users who were “availing on him in an incessant way to get drugs” as opposed to “hanging around school grounds.”
District Judge Ted McGill said 66 grams was just over two ounces, which he said wasn’t a “massive amount.” Mullane was the subject of suspended sentence, but as it was imposed after this offence, Judge McGill said he wasn’t going to activate it. He instead imposed a similar penalty of two years in prison suspended for two years.
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