A MAN has been convicted of possession of Class-B and Class-C drugs after a search of a house by police uncovered more than 500 Pregabalin tablets, along with a small amount of cannabis.

On July 30 last, police conducted a search of a house under two warrants.

Officers had to force the door open as they observed a male in the property, but he was not answering the door.

During the search, the Pregabalin and cannabis was discovered and John Ward (30), of Villa Terrace, Ederney, was arrested.

His barrister, Alan Stewart, told the court his client had entered a guilty plea to both charges as soon as a decision had been taken.

He said his client was currently completing a probation order for a previous conviction and had mental and physical health issues, a result of a road traffic accident in which he suffered a brain injury.

Mr. Stewart said Ward was on various medications, but they were not providing the pain relief he needed, so he self-medicated, and it was accepted that the tablets were for his own use, which was alarming in itself given the large quantity.

Ward was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months,