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Farmer jailed for possession of 'angel dust' and illicit fuel


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A Co. Monaghan farmer was jailed for 18 months this week for possession of the banned livestock fattening drug, clenbuterol - more commonly known as ‘ angel dust’ - and also for having an illicit fuel mixing plant on his Border farm.

James Mills, aged 65, with an address at Legacurry, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, whose lawyers told the court that he is now living at Avenue Road, in  Lurgan, Co. Armagh, pleaded guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court in Monaghan to having the illicit substance at his Legacurry premises on July 21, contrary to EU Regulations.

He was  given concurrent prison sentences amounting to 18 months for using the banned growth promoter and for diesel laundering.

He  admitted being in possession of unauthorised equipment relating to the fuel  laundering charge.

In passing sentence at the  Monaghan court, Judge Martin Nolan said  it was “for good reason” that clenbuterol is banned from livestock because of the impact on the meat industry and the implications for public health.

Prosecuting counsel, Frank Martin BL, said the maximum sentence in relation to the fuel laundering charge was five years in prison and a €126,000 fine, or both and the sentence for using the clenbuterol could be three years’ imprisonment or a €500,000 fine.

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