‘Custodian’ of cocaine jailed for 18 months

Cocaine seized by police in August last year which has a street value of �5,000 - �7,000.

Cocaine seized by police in August last year which has a street value of �5,000 - �7,000.

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A man who admitted possessing more than £5,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed for 18 months.

Peter Gallagher, of Bonds Hill, pleaded guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply on August 7, last year.

Peter Gallagher who was jailed for 18 months at Derry Crown Court

Peter Gallagher who was jailed for 18 months at Derry Crown Court

Derry Crown Court heard police searched the 23-year-old’s home and found 120 grams of cocaine inside a trainer.

The drug was nine per cent purity and had a street value of between £5,000 and £7,000.

The court heard claims that the 23-year-old ran up drug debts of £1,800 and ‘found himself in a position where he had to mind the drugs for others’.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said Gallagher was a ‘custodian of the drugs’.

Howver, he added: ‘Those who keep drugs, even for a short period, are similar to drug couriers. They are an essential part of a drug gang who only want to bring others in through usage and debt. There is too much of that in this city’.

The judge jailed Gallagher for a total of 18 months, half of which will spent in custody and half on licence.

Speaking after the sentencing, the investigating officer Detective Inspector Tom McClure said: ‘Drugs wreck lives and we are determined to work with partners and communities to reduce the threat posed by these illegal and harmful substances. We will continue to investigate those who seek to make money from illegal drugs’.