Drug accused ‘member of crime gang’

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A man police believe is a ‘member of a sophisticated organised crime gang’ has been refused bail at the local magistrates court.

Richard Callaghan, of Rathmore Crescent, is charged in connection with the seizure of £125,000 worth of drugs in June this year.

The 41-year-old is accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis, possessing the class A and class B drugs with intent to supply and simple possession of drugs. Derry Crown Court heard allegations Callaghan was driving a car provided by the crime gang ‘specifically for doing a drug run’. Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police fear the 41-year-old will commit further offences if released. The officer told the court police believe the defendant is a ‘member of an organised crime gang highly involved in supplying class A and class B drugs in the local area’.

He alleged this crime gang is ‘sophisticated’ and police believe Callaghan is an ‘active and trusted member’ of it.

The officer said this gang has lost a ‘significant amount of money’ as a result of this drugs seizure and the 41-year-old may be put under pressure to commit further offences to recoup losses. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client has nothing relevant on his record and was used by this gang because he was not known to police.

He claimed Callaghan was paid £200 to do this run and he ‘didnt ask too many questions’ about what was in the car. Mr MacDermott said the 41-year-old is ‘deeply embarrassed and ashamed’ that he has brought these problems on his family. The solicitor added this crime gang ‘appears to have been broken’ by police and there have been 17 arrests so far. District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail for fear of further offences. Callaghan will appear court again on December 29.

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