Over €1K worth of drugs found in Ballina man’s apartment

A 20-year-old man who had €1,205 worth of cannabis and ecstasy in his possession for unlawful sale and supply was before Ballina District Court this week.

A search warrant was executed on March 12 this year to search the home of Liam Christie, 8 Rivercourt Apartment, Barrett Street, Ballina.

Four pieces of cannabis resin were found on the mantelpiece; a small amount of cannabis was found in a wooden box on the coffee table; more cannabis was discovered over the cooker along with a notebook containing initials; cannabis was found in a PlayStation chair as were deal bags and a silver weighing scales. Eight ecstasy tablets were found in the defendant’s bedroom and 112 tablets were found in a blue jar in the hot press along with another notebook.

Christie initially said that the drugs were for his own use and then later admitted that the drugs were for sale and supply. The total amount of cannabis found was €605 worth while €600 worth of ecstasy was discovered. Detective Garda Sinead Caheny told the court that Christie did not make money out of his dealings as he was owed a lot of money and what he earned he spent on his drug habit.

Solicitor John Gordon said that the defendant, who has no previous convictions, has since moved home and is smoking herbal tobacco to get himself off cannabis.

Judge Mary Devins adjourned the matter to March 9 for a probation report.


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