Belfast shopkeeper convicted on drug charges
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."