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'Legal highs' seller admits he was dealing Class B drugs

A retailer pleaded guilty today to having drugs as part of a continuing police crackdown on the sale of so-called legal highs.

Nigel Pearce was due to contest charges against him in connection with an investigation into a shop in Belfast.

But he instead pleaded guilty to an offence of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply, the Northern Ireland Courts Service confirmed.

Pearce, 33, of Tobergill Gardens in Antrim, will be sentenced next month.

Another three charges against him were dismissed at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

The case is understood to centre on items being sold at a city centre shop linked to Pearce in March 2012.

A police offensive against so-called legal highs has been stepped up in recent months.

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Another shopkeeper, Mohammad Diwan, 59, of Princes Gate, Dromore, Co Down, is awaiting sentence after being convicted of possessing Class B drugs.

He claimed to have no suspicion that the Ocean Snow product stocked at his Carnaby Centre store on North Street contained banned substances.

But a judge found him guilty because he continued to keep it following an earlier seizure.

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