Drug accused released on bail


A taxi-driver has appeared in court charged with possessing £3,000 worth of cocaine with intent to supply.

Canice Joseph Cunningham, of Aghamore Park, Strathfoyle, is further charged with possessing cocaine and the class C drug Tramadol on December 19.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations the 40-year-old was parked in a picnic area on the Glenshane Road when police searched his car.

It is alleged police found two money bags in the drivers door, which contained more than 50 deal bags of white powder.

Over 100 Tramadol tablets were allegedly found in the glove compartment of the car.

The court was told a search was also carried out of Cunningham’s home and police seized £2,600 and €400 in cash.

During police interview, the 40-year-old claimed he had bagged the cocaine himself and it was ‘mainly’ for his own use.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police fear Cunningham will re-offend to ‘recoup his losses’ as the drugs have a street value of £3000.

Defence solicitor Brian Stelfox said his client had a ‘form of addiction’ to these drugs but was not ‘distributing them to everyone around’.

District Judge Barney McElholm released the 40-year-old on his own bail of £500 and ordered him to sign bail at the local police station on a daily basis.

Cunningham will appear in court again on January 19.