Accused ‘involved in supply for years’

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Police believe a man accused of possessing 3,600 diazepam tablets has been involved in the supply of drugs in the city for ‘a number of years’.

An investigating officer made the claim during a bail application for Patrick Michael James Healy.

Healy, of Racecourse Park, is charged with possessing diazepam with intent to supply and being concerned in an offer to supply class C drugs.

The 41-year-old is further charged with simple possession of diazepam and making a false declaration to obtain a certificate of insurance on January 13.

Police opposed the bail application for fear of further offences.

The investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court police have concerns Healy will try to ‘recoup his losses’ and added police believe he has been involved in the supply of drugs for a number of years.

He said this is based on statements the 41-year-old allegedly made after his arrest.

It is alleged Healy told police ‘it took six years to catch him and it would take another six years before he would be caught again’.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client does not have any previous drugs convictions and this statement was ‘bravado’.

He added Healy was addicted to diazepam in the past but he wants to address these issues.

District Judge Barney McElholm adjourned the bail application for the PPS to consider court venue.

Healy was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on May 7.