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Man who tried to ditch bag of cannabis jailed for two months

A man who threw a bag of cannabis from his car as police approached has been jailed for two months.

Neil Hawkins denied having drugs when he was stopped in Newtownabbey on February 12.

But a bag containing a quantity of cannabis was found during a search on Monkstown Road.

Hawkins (42), of Minorca Drive, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, was convicted of possessing class B drugs.

The defence solicitor argued that only a small bag of cannabis was involved.

"He has a problem of alcohol and substance abuse," the lawyer acknowledged.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall identified Hawkins' previous record for drugs offences and having contested the case as counting against him.

She imposed a one-month prison term for the cannabis possession and added a further month from a previous suspended sentence.

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