23-year-old charged with supplying cannabis

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
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A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Cavan Joseph Anthony White, of Lower Nassau Street, is further charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply and simple possession of the class B drug.

The charges arise out a search of White’s home on June 27.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that 18 grams of cannabis were seized during the search, with a street value of between £90 and £180.

Police also allegedly found a number of small bags, a set of digital scales and seized White’s phone for examination.

It is alleged that messages were found on the phone in relation to drugs.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said there is a ‘strong likelihood of re-offending’ as the 23-year-old has previous convictions for possessing drugs.

She added that police believe White is ‘dealing drugs to member of the public’ and will ‘try to recoup his losses’.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said that during police interview his client admitted it was cannabis and he had bought if for £70. He added that White claimed from time to time he would give cannabis to friends who didn’t have any and they would do the same for him.

The solicitor urged the court to release the 23-year-old to seek help for addiction issues.

District Judge John Meehan refused bail stating ‘I have no reasonable confidence he would desist from such activity if released on bail.

White was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on July 24.