A SUSPECTED drug supplier’s explanation after the discovery of amphetamines and a dealer’s list in a wardrobe at his home was not accepted by prosecutors, a court heard.

It follows the recovery of 191 grams of the class B drug, found in a container in a wardrobe, when police visited Bobby Lee Ballan’s Bishop Auckland home, on July 21, 2017.

A list of names was also found in the pocket of a pair of jeans, which was said to be indicative of drug dealing.

Ballan told police he was holding the drugs, acting as a ‘warehouseman’, on behalf of the supplier he bought from, in order to reduce his debt.

Appearing at Durham Crown Court, 28-year-old Ballan, of Douthwaite Road, Bishop Auckland, admitted being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.

Sam Faulks, prosecuting, said it is understood his plea was made on the basis of the account given to police.

Mr Faulks said this would not be accepted by the Crown, and so a trial of issue would have to be staged to decide on what basis Ballan is sentenced.

Judge Christopher Prince adjourned that hearing until after the trial of the defendant’s 35-year-old brother, David Ballan, of Proudfoot Drive, Bishop Auckland, in the week of July 29.

He denied being concerned in the supply of amphetamines, but he admitted simple possession of cannabis.

Both Ballan brothers were bailed.