Drug accused remanded in custody

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A 34-year-old man accused being involved in the supply of cannabis in the city has been refused bail.

Brendan Joseph Harkin, of Carrabane Walk, is charged with being concerned in supply of the class B drug between March 2014 and January this year.

He is further charged with simple possession of cannabis, diverting electricity and dishonestly using electricity.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the allegations in relation to supplying drugs are based on phone evidence.

An investigating officer said two phones were seized in separate police investigations which have messages from contacts BJ and BJ2 relating to drugs.

It is alleged further documentation seized led police to believe this contact is the defendant.

The court was told police searched two addresses linked to Harkin and it is alleged police seized a small bag of cannabis from one of the properties.

Officers also allegedly seized a set of digital scales and a number of mobile phones.

The court heard allegations a magnet was detected on the electric meter and Harkin was further charged in relation to this.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences and fear that the 34-year-old would not adhere to conditions.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating Harkin was ‘not a suitable candidate’ because of previous breaches.

The 34-year-old was remanded in custody until February 12.