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22/09/2021

Derry man fined after admitting cannabis supply charge

Derry courthouse
A Derry man described in court as "not a drug dealer as such' has been fined on a cannabis supply charge at Derry Magistrate's Court. Adrian Keith Ross (43), of Meridian Apartments in John Street, admitted three charges of possessing cannabis and supplying the drug on 28 July last year. He was also charged with being concerned in the offer to supply cannabis on dates between 1 January 1 and 28 July. The court was told CCTV operators alerted police to a male and a female acting suspiciously. The court heard when police attended they found Ross and when they searched him they found herbal and cannabis resin. The court was told the female was also searched and a quantity of drugs were found on her and she told police she had bought the cannabis from Ross and had given him £20. When interviewed by police, the court heard Ross said he helped his friends "get sorted" and said he had not sold the drugs to the female but accepted she had given him £20. He accepted he had sorted out a few friends over a period of months but refused to say where he got the cannabis from. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client was not a drug dealer and it was obvious he and his friends used cannabis. He added was a very small amount and Ross had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Ross was fined £400.

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