‘Low level’ drug courier avoids prison sentence
A drugs courier has escaped jail after being stopped with a kilo of cannabis resin in his car.
James Preshaw (47) had a four-month prison sentence suspended for a year after being described as “a busted flush”.
A judge who also fined him £200 refused a prosecution request for his car to be forfeited.
Preshaw, of Greystown Avenue, Belfast, was detained by police in October. The cannabis, with a potential street value of £5,000, was hidden in his car.
He was charged with possessing class B drugs, and possession with intent to supply.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard how Preshaw told police he knowingly picked up the drugs, but claimed to have acted under duress at the time.
A defence lawyer said police regarded Preshaw as someone “at the bottom of the chain” and argued: “Mr Preshaw is a busted flush. Individuals who used him in this enterprise are not going to use him again.”