Defendant returned for trial accused of drug offences

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A 26-year-old man is to stand trial at Derry Crown Court accused of drugs offences.

The man, who cannot be named because of a court order, faces a total of ten drugs offences allegedly committed on February 10, last year.

These include being concerned in the supply of MDMA and cannabis, possessing MDMA and cocaine with intent to supply and posessing cannabis with intent to supply.

The defendant is further charged with simple possession of class A and class B drugs.

He was granted anonymity when he first appeared in court last year.

This bans the media from prining his name, address and the date of his next court appearance.

During a brief hearing at the local Magistrate’s Court, the 26-year-old declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any evidence on his own behalf.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott accepted there is a case for his client to answer.

The defendant was released on continuing bail to appear in court again at a later date.