Drug dealer jailed for two years

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A man who admitted being involved in drug dealing has been jailed for two years.

Stephen O’Reilly was also ordered to spend 14 months on licence after he is released from prison.

O’Reilly, of Bloomfield Park, pleaded guilty to being concerned in an offer to supply cannabis between March and September 2-13.

He admitted further charges of obstructing police and criminal damage.

Derry Crown Court heard police stopped a taxi in the Carnhill area because the 19-year-old was a passenger in the vehicle.

He provided officers with a false name and when he was searched £277 in cash was seized.

He was then arrested for obstructing police and for breach of bail.

The 19-year-old’s mobile phone was seized and a number of text messages were on the phone which indicated he was ‘involved in the drug trace’.

The court heard O’Reilly was on bail at the time for other offences and was ordered to wear an electronic tag.

During police interview he admitted he had cut the tag off and threw it in the bin.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said O’Reilly was heavily involved in the drugs trade at a lower level’ and was making money from it as he was not working or in receipt of benefits.

However, he added that there was ‘no evidence he was living a higher lifestyle’.

O’Reilly was jailed for two years, ten months of which to be spent in custody and the remaining 14 months on licence.