Young man developed drug habit over the pandemic

A young Magherafelt man, who was said by his solicitor to have developed a habit for Methamphetamine during the pandemic, was fined £150 at the local Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 7:30 am

Curtis Ross Ferguson from Moneymore Road, admitted possessing the Class A drug on February 26.

The court heard that police on mobile patrol at Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, spotted the 24-year-old sitting in a BMW in a service station forecourt.

Prosecuting counsel said the defendant was moving his hands around the central console area where police located multiple bags containing a crystalized white substance.

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The lawyer said Ferguson admitted the Methamphetamine was his and he was arrested for possessing the drug.

Stephen Atherton, defence solicitor, said Ferguson had made an immediate admission at the scene, and asked the court to give him maximum credit for this.

Mr Atherton explained the defendant worked as a car repairer and lived with his father.

The solicitor said Ferguson had developed a habit for taking Methamphetamine over the pandemic which was something the courts were increasingly seeing.

Mr Atherton stressed the defendant had since “eradicated it from his life”, and was unlikely to come before the court again.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop made a destruction order for the seized drugs.

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