Man dealt drugs to fund own addiction

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A 35-year-old man was dealing in drugs to fund his own addiction to Mephadrone, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Mark Anthony Magee, Moyraverty Centre, Craigavon, was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for three years, for intent to supply drugs on June 10. He was also fined £250.

For possession of Mephadrone on the same date he was sentenced to one month in custody, suspended for three years. He was also fined £50 for indecent behaviour.

The court heard that the defendant was seen urinating in the street in full view of the public.

When he was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act dealing bags were found in his jacket with drugs in them.

At his home address more dealing bags were found in a drawer in the kitchen along with bags containing Mephadrone.

He told police it was his intention to deal with people on the street where he was arrested so he could fund his own addiction to Mephadrone.

Mr Brendan Hagan, representing the defendant, said Magee had a conviction for possession of Mephadrone in May so he was on the police radar.

He added that his client had frankly admitted he had been dealing to fund his own habit.

This was a serious matter, added Mr Hagan, and he asked the judge if he was going to impose a custodial sentence to suspend it.

District Judge, Mr Alan White, said Magee had a limited record

He added that he took a serious view about dealing but was just about prepared to suspend the sentence.