Drug dealer jailed for 16 months

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

A man who admitted supplying a drug commonly known as horse tranquiliser has been jailed for sixteen months.

The 22-year-old, who cannot be named because of an anonymity order, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Ketamine, Cocaine and MDMA.

He also admitted offering to supply drugs, possessing Mephedrone and making or supplying counterfeit driving licences.

The offences were committed between January 2011 and February 2013.

Derry Crown Court heard the defendant’s home was searched and police seized almost £400 in cash, a small bag of mephedrone, dealer bags and scales.

They also seized a computer and counterfeit driving licences.

The mobile phone was analysed and a ‘significant amount’ of text messages relating the the drugs trade were found.

Among them was an exchange between the 22-year-old and another man about the quality and price of drugs.

There were other messages in which the defendant asked others to sell drugs for him at an event and he would ‘give them a few pounds’.

The man was arrested and during police interview denied being a drug dealer.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillip Babington said it was clear the 22-year-old was ‘instrumental in organising the sale of drugs’ and was ‘selling them to the public’.

He added that the 22-year-old’s motivation in selling drugs was ‘financial gain’ and he dealt them in an ‘organised way and directed others to sell for him’.

The judge said that ‘drugs are an evil in our society and those who seek to distribute them cause enormous damage to young people. They are not a victimless crime’.

Jailing the 22-year-old for 16 months, the judge ordered that he spend a further 16 months on licence.