Man charged with possession with intent to supply

Police found drugs secreted in the body of a 21-year-old man as he was in the shower, a court has heard.

Daniel James Deery, of Drumleck Drive, is charged with possessing diazepam with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and mephedrone on May 1.

He is further charged with driving whilst unfit, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court he believed he could connect Deery to the charges before the court.

It was revealed the 21-year-old is currently on bail for other motoring offences allegedly committed in November last year.

The officer said that Deery had been failing to answer his bail, had breached a curfew condition and had been living at an address in co. Donegal.

Deery was arrested yesterday in a car park yesterday. He was in the drivers seat of the car, which was running, and police believed he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

While he was in police custody taking a shower, a “civilian jailer” noticed Deery acting suspiciously and a search was conducted. A quarter of an ounce of cannabis and a quantity of blue tablets was found “secreted within his body “.

The court heard a further small bag containing traces of mephedrone was found in his cell.

Deery claimed that a friend had given him the drugs and he intended to give them back.

Refusing an application for bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said he could “think of no conditions I could impose on this man that he would adhere to “.

The 21-year-old was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink next month.