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Teenager fined for possession of Ecstasy and cocaine

 A judge has told a Newry teenager who was caught in possession of Class A drugs, that he is “impressed” at how he has turned his life around since.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Devlin, of Millbrook Villas was found to be in possession of Ecstasy and cocaine when the car in which he was travelling with two other males was stopped by police on June 7th last year.

A search uncovered a quantity of white powder in the defendant’s wallet, as well as a number of Ecstasy tablets and cash. When interviewed, Devlin made full admissions, claiming he had won the cash earlier that day at the casino and said that the other two males had nothing to do with the drugs.

Appearing at Newry Magistrates Court last Monday, Devlin’s defence barrister Michael Tierney described his client as “a young man who had too much time on his hands when he left school at 16 and fell into bad habits including alcohol and illicit drugs”.

“Since this offence, he has found employment and has completed 16 hours of a 20-hour community service diversion he was given in January.  He was 17-and-a-half when this offence occurred but was 18 by the time the summons was served, so a number of disposals are now closed to him.

“The future is bright for him and it is time for him to draw a line under his past adolescence nonsense,” he added.

In response, Deputy District Judge Liam McStay addressed Devlin and said: “You are employed and quite valued, this pre-sentence report is very positive reporting that you show remorse.  I am impressed by this response.”

Devlin was ordered to pay a fine of £400, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 16 weeks.