A Portrush man described by a defence solicitor as a “connoisseur of cannabis” claims he was carrying around “different variations and strains” of the drug for his own use.
Jonathon David Edgar (21), whose address was given as ‘the vicinity of Crocknamack Road,’ is alleged to have committed offences on December 30 last year.
He is charged with possessing cannabis; having the Class B drug with intent to supply; possession of Diazepam and having an offensive weapon – an extendable baton – in a public place at Crocknamack Road.
He appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on January 14 via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand in relation to the charges.
Defence solicitor Sam Barr said the defendant admitted having cannabis for his own use but denied intent to supply. A police officer objected to bail and said at 1.15am on December 30 police on duty in Portrush saw the defendant carrying a satchel which contained cannabis and around half a dozen small tubs along with a grinder and an extendable baton.
A further search of his bedroom found more cannabis along with syringes containing brown material along with capsules and paste which were sent off for analysis.
£700 in cash was also recovered.
District Judge Liam McNally noted the December 30 matters were detected at a time when the defendant had been on court bail for similar alleged offences.
The police officer said the defendant had been caught with drugs on four occasions between August and December. Mr Barr said the defendant was admitting possessing drugs on December 30 and added: “He is adamant he was not involved in dealing”.
Added the solicitor: “He is somewhat a connoisseur of cannabis and they were all different variations and strains”.
Mr Barr said after the police search the defendant’s father “ripped the bedroom apart” to ensure there were no more drugs and also “disposed of” the defendant’s car.
Refusing bail, Judge McNally said that on December 30 Edgar had “blatantly disregarded” the fact that he had appeared at court on December 10 on similar charges.