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Belfast shopkeeper convicted on drug charges

BY ALAN ERWIN

A shopkeeper has been convicted of having drugs he claimed to be a so-called legal high.

Mohammad Diwan insisted he had no suspicion the Ocean Snow product stocked at his Belfast city centre store contained banned substances.

But a judge found him guilty of possessing class B drugs because he continued to keep it following an earlier seizure.

Diwan (59), of Princes Gate, Dromore, Co Down, had already admitted similar offences over the seizure of a product known as Crave.

He was acquitted of further charges, including possession with intent to supply, during a contest hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court and will be sentenced next month.

Charges were brought against him following a police crackdown.

During cross-examination he accepted some products were not fit for human consumption and claimed customers may have been buying them for souvenirs.

Adjourning sentencing until next month, Judge Trainor said: "He's clearly not a person of truth."

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