Drug dealer to be sentenced today

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A man who was ‘involved in the drug trade’ in the city is to be sentenced this morning.

Stephen O’Reilly, of Bloomfield Park, pleaded guilty to being concerned in an offer to supply cannabis between March and September 2-13.

He admitted further charges of obstructing police and criminal damage.

Derry Crown Court heard police were on patrol in the Carnhill area of the city when they saw the 19-year-old in a taxi.

They wanted to speak to him about breaching bail and signalled for the taxi to stop.

There was also a back seat passenger in the taxi and O’Reilly was seen passing something to him.

Officers spoke to O’Reilly and he provided them with a false name. When he was searched £277 in cash was seized.

He was then arrested for obstructing police and for breach of bail.

The second passenger was also searched and was found with the 19-year-old’s mobile phone.

There were a number of text messages on the phone which indicated he was ‘involved in the drug trade’.

The court heard O’Reilly was on bail at the time for other offences and was ordered to wear an electronic tag.

During police interview he admitted he had cut the tag off and threw it in the bin.

Judge Phillip Babington adjourned sentencing and O’Reilly was remanded in custody until later today.