Supplied drugs to feed habit - court told

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

A 25-year-old man who admitted offering to supply cannabis is to be sentenced later this week.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

He also admitted ten charges of being concerned in an offer to supply the class B drug.

The offences were committed between July and August 2013.

Derry Crown Court heard that police were actively seeking the defendant for unrelated matters and were lead to an address in the city.

They saw the man’s ex-girlfriend enter this address and officers went in a short time later.

Police found a deal bag containing herbal cannabis in the kitchen and on a further search of the property found other bags of cannabis.

The total amount weighed almost eight grams and had a street value in the region of £150.

Officers also seized scales and a mobile phone. The phone was analysed and was found to contain a number of messages offering to supply drugs.

The 25-year-old had left the house by the time police arrived and they searched another area of the city looking for him.

His solicitor then contacted police and arranged for the defendant to hand himself in for interview.

During this interview, the 25-year-old claimed the drugs found were his and denied being involved in drug dealing.

However, after the contents of his phone were put to him, the defendant said he was ‘not a big drugs dealer’ but he would facilitate others in getting drugs.

He denied that he received any payment for this.

A prosecution barrister told the court this was not accepted by the crown.

Defence barrister Ivor McAteer said his client has no previous drugs convictions and is a ‘young man who is a cannabis addict’.

He said the 25-year-old was consuming around two grams of cannabis each day and supplied to a ‘limited number of people’ to feed his own habit.

Mr McAteer added that in the 17 months since the defendant’s arrest he has stopped using cannabis and has sought the help of addiction services.

Judge Philip Babington said he would like some time to think about the sentence, however he told the 25-year-old ‘the likelihood is you will receive a custodial sentence’.

The defendant was released on continuing bail to appear in court again on Friday.