Derry drug dealer jailed

Bishop Street Courthouse.
Bishop Street Courthouse.

A Derry drug dealer has been jailed for 15 months.

Brian Thomas Boyle (24), of Glenabbey Park, pleaded guilty to possessing and supplying drugs when he appeared before Derry Crown Court on Tuesday.

Boyle - known as ‘Bam Bam’ - was caught with quantities of ecstasy, mephedrone and ‘4-MEC’ when stopped and searched by police at Butcher Street in Derry’s city centre in September of last year.

The court was told that Boyle’s mobile phone was also seized and examined and found to include incriminating drugs-related text messages.

One of the texts, the court heard, was from a person “not satisfied” with the quality of drugs he’d received from Boyle.

A pre-sentence report described Boyle as a “heavy drug user” who sold drugs to finance his own use and to pay off debt.

Jailing Boyle for 15 months - half of which will be served in custody and the other half on licence - Judge Philip Babington said people who dealt in drugs would go to prison because their actions resulted in “untold misery”.