A THIRTY-year-old Carlisle man has admitted supplying the class B drug cannabis and possessing it with an intention to supply it.

At the city’s Rickergate Magistrates Court yesterday, Nathan Young, of Ferguson Road, Longsowerby, entered guilty pleas to those two allegations.

The supply offence happened between September 30 last year and October 23 in Carlisle, according to court papers. Young committed the possession with intent supply on October 22.

Prosecutor Peter Kelly outlined how the offence came to light when police stopped and searched Young and found the drugs.

It happened between 6pm and 7pm.

The amount of cannabis involved was not spelled out during yesterday’s hearing.

Sara Budniak, for Young, told magistrates that she would argue in a later hearing that the defendant had played a “lesser role” in supplying the class B drug. She went on to outline that the defendant was suffering from mental health problems.

“He has paranoid schizophrenia,” the lawyer told the court.

“He has a number of mental health problems which make him vulnerable. There is nothing similar on his record in recent years.”

After hearing legal arguments about the case, magistrates ruled that the defendant should be sentenced by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

Granting the defendant bail, magistrates said that hearing will take place at the city’s crown court on July 15.