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Douglas man to stand trial over heroin charge

Denies possessing the drug with intent to supply

A Douglas man will face trial in October over allegations he had hundreds of pounds worth of heroin with intent to supply it.

Forty-one-year-old John Alan Johnson, of Empire Terrace, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.

He’s pleaded not guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply it, as well as possessing a small amount of cannabis and having criminal property.

Prosecution advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the court police officers executed a warrant at Mr Johnson’s home on 29 July.

She told the court Mr Johnson wasn’t at home when officers discovered just over three and a half grammes of heroin worth between £450 and £900.

They also found £920 in cash.

Mr Johnson later handed himself in to police and told officers the drugs were for his own consumption and the cash belonged to his girlfriend.

His advocate Deborah Myerscough didn’t make a bail application and Mrs Hughes remanded Mr Johnson in custody.

He’ll appear in court again on 17 September.

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