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Jail for cannabis user who grew plants to help pay drug debts

By Ashleigh McDonald

A drug user who owed money to dealers tried to "kill two birds with one stone" by growing his own cannabis plants, a court has heard.

James Scullion (25), from North Street in Lurgan, was handed a 12-month sentence after he admitted six charges –including cultivating cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply – at Craigavon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast. He will serve four months in prison and eight on supervised licence when he is released from custody.

A defence barrister said that Scullion was involved in "social supplying" to friends which was evident due to the lack of scales, bags and other drugs paraphernalia in his house.

Judge Allistair Devlin told the court that Scullion was indebted to drug dealers and that he tried to "kill two birds with one stone" by growing his own and having a "readily available supply" as well as hoping to "gain a small income" as a small-scale drug dealer.

A prosecutor earlier told the court that when police searched Scullion's car in Craigavon on March 23 last year, they found 12 bags of mephedrone and herbal cannabis hidden in a purpose-made compartment in the inside panel of the driver's door.

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