Retailer in guilty plea over drugs
A retailer has pleaded guilty 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 Courts Service has confirmed.
Pearce (33), of Tobergill Gardens in Antrim, will be sentenced next month. Three further charges were dismissed at Belfast Magistrates Court.
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.