Man jailed for supplying drugs

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A drug dealer who supplied cannabis to ‘street users and retailers’ has been jailed for 21 months.

Christopher Gallagher, of Foyle Road, pleaded guilty to nine charges of being concerned in the supply of cannabis between March and December, last year.

He also admitted possessing the class B drug with intent to supply.

Derry Crown Court heard police searched the 29-year-old’s home and discovered 10.65 grams of cannabis in a freezer bag, a grinder and a mobile phone.

The phone was examined and police discovered 20,000 text messages relating to drug supply.

The court heard these were both incoming and outgoing texts between the defendant and 63 people.

It was revealed the 29-year-old has five previous drug convictions and had begun smoking cannabis at 16. However, the court was told he had not taken cannabis since he was detected.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillip Babington said it is clear Gallagher was ‘heavily immersed in the drug scene in this city’ and regularly supplied people with drugs.

The judge added: “It is clear he was selling for money, largely to feed his own habit but not completely. You did not give consideration to the effect the drugs you were selling had on others.”

Judge Babington imposed a determinate sentence of 21 months, half in custody and half on licence.