Father of two had drugs worth £5,000

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The home of Christian John Moriarty was raided on 12 February this year following the arrest of other people, and two blocks of the class B drug were found at the property in Old St John’s Road.

Centenier Philip Coffey told the Magistrate’s Court that the defendant, who said that his new address was Grande Route de St Jean, had bought a 98 gm block of the drug because ‘he wanted a stockpile in case the Island ran dry of cannabis’.

The Centenier said that a smaller amount of a second block bought two months earlier was also found.

The defendant had admitted that that block was originally a similar size to the other. At a previous hearing, Advocate Adam Harrison, defending, said there was 52 gm left of that block.

The court heard that the wholesale price paid by Moriarty was about £2,400, but the Magistrate, Bridget Shaw, said that she had recently dealt with a case with similar amounts involved. She said that the street value of the drugs would have been close to the £5,000 maximum limit on which the Magistrate’s Court can pass sentence. She said that a higher value would have seen the case sent to the Royal Court for sentencing.

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