One year jail term for cannabis courier
A man caught with cannabis with a street value of up to £80,000 has been jailed for a year.
Prosecutor Peter Magill told Belfast Crown Court that Noel Alexander Anthony Ross (40), of Lincoln Court, Londonderry, was taking the drugs from Newtownabbey to Derry on April 9, last year, when he was stopped during an intelligence-led police operation.
Mr Magill said when caught Ross said: "I have nothing to say at this time. I have no excuse".
Later the Derryman revealed that he had been asked, by a man he did not want to name, if he wanted to make some easy money. He then agreed to transport the drugs for £500.
He added that police accept that Ross was nothing more than a courier for money.
Defence solicitor advocate Clive Neville said Ross – who admitted possession of the Class B drugs – deserved credit for his guilty plea, and asked that any custodial sentence should not be crushing.
Mr Neville said Ross was little more than a fall guy.
Judge Corinne Philpott QC said she was prepared to take Ross's guilty plea, made at the first opportunity, into his favour and the fact he co-operated with police, but said there was still no alternative to an immediate custodial sentence.