Tandragee man unconscious in car with drugs

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A Tandragee man was found in an unconscious state in a car which contained a syringe and two wraps of heroin, Craigavon Court heard last Friday.

Andrew Agustin John McParland of Mourneview Park admitted possession of a class A drug, heroin, class B, cannabis, and class B, mephadrone, on March 9.

For the heroin charge he was given a two month sentence while two month sentences were imposed for the other two offences.

All terms are to run concurrently and they were suspended for two years.

The court heard that at around 7.40pm police were informed the defendant had been found unconscious in a vehicle at a car park at Lough Road, Lurgan. There was a syringe in the car.

McParland was speaking to ambulance staff and was very drowsy. Paraphernalia for drug use was found in the car.

A search uncovered a brown substance and the defendant admitted white powder which was found was mephadrone and there were two wraps of heroin.

A pre-sentence report considered McParland as a medium risk of re-offending.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this was the second time the defendant had been in court for a drugs related offence although the first was for cycling while unfit.

He added that it was a pity to see a man with the defendant’s background, someone who had a degree and other qualifications, in court.