A 21-year-old Derry man who is accused of supplying drugs has been released on bail after appearing at the city’s Magistrate’s Court.
Aaron Gary Moore, of Rossdale, is charged with supplying Mephedrone, being concerned in the supply of Mephedrone, possessing the class B drug with intent to supply and simple possession of the drug.
The 21-year-old is further charged with possessing Xbox games infringing copyright.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between July 19, 2012 and December 21 this year.
Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations police conducted a search of Moore’s Waterside home under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
They discovered two bags of suspected Mephedrone.
The drugs weighed 175 grams and allegedly have a street value of between £4,000 and £5,000, the court heard.
It was claimed that police were also ‘in possession of information’ that the 21-year-old purchased over £10,000 of drugs from the internet between July last year and May this year.
An investigating officer said these drugs were purchased from a website which was closed down in May as a result of a police investigation.
Moore was questioned about this and told police he believed he was buying so-called legal highs.
During the search officers also seized mobile phones, deal bags, Xbox games consoles and suspected counterfeit games.
The investigating officer told the court an initial analysis of the phone had been carried out and there are messages from people requesting drugs.
She added that there were also messages asking if certain games had been burnt yet, which police believe was a reference to the counterfeit games.
The court heard that during police interview, Moore admitted he was addicted to Mephedrone and had decided to go on the internet to purchase drugs as they were cheaper, it was alleged.
The officer revealed that when he was questioned about his employment the 21-year-old defendant claimed he was a ‘full-time bum’.
He also allegedly told police that the deal bags discovered during the search of his home were for small screws.
However, the investigating officer said that Moore had a tool box in his bedroom and a number of small screws were stored in this ‘very neatly’.
Opposing bail, the investigating officer said the 21-year-old had a relevant record and police believed he would continue to purchase drugs from the internet.
She added that “the impact that these drugs are having on the younger community in this town is very concerning” and that police believe Moore posed a high risk of committing further offences and harm to the public.
Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court that while police had ‘major suspicions about this young man’s activities’, it is yet to be determined whether the drugs are illegal substances.
He added that Moore was ‘adamant these are not illegal drugs’ and it could be some time before forensic analysis of them was completed.
Mr MacDermott said the 21-year-old was a full-time carer for his mother and urged the court to release the defendant on bail with very stringent conditions.
Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop released Moore on his own bail of £500, ordered him to abide by a curfew and banned him from using a computer or mobile phone.
The 21-year-old, who will appear in court again on January 20, must also seek counselling for his drug addiction, as directed by the court.