Man avoids jail after drugs find in Portrush nightclub
A man caught with drugs in a Portrush nightclub was snared when he tried to sell an Ecstasy tablet to a reveller who then reported him to door staff, a court has heard.
Conan Magee (22), of Antrim Road, Glengormley appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court for sentencing on charges of possessing Ecstasy with intent to supply as well as possession of the Class A drug and possession of the Class B drug Methylethcathinone.
A prosecutor said the offences came to light on March 15, 2014, at Lush! nightclub at the Kelly's complex in Portrush. A patron had alerted door staff and pointed out Magee saying the defendant had asked them if they wanted to buy Ecstasy. The staff found Magee had 20 tablets marked with a star and a bag of white powder.
Magee initially tried to claim to police the drugs were planted on him and said the white powder was 'meth' which he had bought for £40 from a person in the nightclub.
Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said Magee was selling the narcotics to pay off a debt he had with drug dealers as a result of his own habit.
District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had "crossed the line" and said he had made it clear before that anybody supplying drugs in nightclubs in the north coast area ran the risk of being sent to prison.
However, he said he would defer sentencing for a year, warning Magee that if there is any further offending he will be starting off with four months behind bars.