Man accused of possessing £9,000 worth of drugs

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A 24-year-old man has appeared in court accused of being concerned in the supply of over £9,000 worth of drugs.

George William Campbell, of Northland Road, is charged with charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis on June 14.

He is further charged with possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply and simple possession of the class A and class B drugs.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police searched Campbell’s flat under the Misuse of Drugs Act and seized 13 items of evidence.

It is alleged that 32 grams of cocaine and almost 400 grams of cannabis were seized, with an estimated value of over £9,000.

The 24-year-old was arrested and during police interview admitted possession of the illegal substances.

He made claims that the drugs were for personal use and then that he was holding on to them for a third party.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said ‘given the significant amount of drugs’ Campbell ‘may commit further offences to recoup his losses’.

He added that the 24-year-old admits using cannabis to a ‘stage where it is a problem’ and may commit offences to ‘feed his habit’.

The officer also claimed the defendant has ‘shown consistent gambling behaviour’ which ‘may be funded by his drug dealing activity and he may continue to pursue this’.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said Campbell is a young man with one previous conviction for possessing drugs.

He told the court the proposed bail address was with Campbell’s parents, who are ‘decent, hardworking people’.

He said the defendant is a ‘stupid young man with an addiction to drugs, who got himself into something way out of his league’.

He added that it was not the prosecution case that Campbell is ‘some sort of criminal mastermind or drugs lord’.

Mr Quigley said the 24-year-old’s parents ‘won’t tolerate drugs or anything or anybody associated with drugs in their house’.

He said the case was likely to take a year before it was ready to proceed because of delays with forensics and the court could release Campbell with conditions.

The solicitor also told the court the 24-year-old’s parents would ‘insist that he immediately go and see his GP and seek appropriate advice’ about his addiction problems.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Campbell on his own bail of £1,000, with two sureties of £500 each to reside with his parents. The judge banned him from possessing and using a mobile phone and from entering a bookmakers or making bets online.

The 24-year-old was also ordered to abide by a curfew and be electronically tagged.

He will appear inDerry’s court again on July 10.