£17,000 cannabis charge

A MAN accused of having over £17,000 of cannabis in his possession is to have his case dealt with by a judge.

Ian Galloway has been charged with possession with intent to supply the class B drug, producing cannabis and abstracting electricity without authority, all on June 13.

The 44-year-old, of Ridlington Way, off King Oswy Drive, in Hartlepool, did not enter pleas to the three charges when he appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench John Jenkins declined to deal with the case and decided to send it to Teesside Crown Court to be dealt with by a judge.

He adjourned the hearing until October 11 when it will be formally sent to Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough.

Galloway was released on unconditional bail until that time.