Men ‘heavily involved in drug supply’ jailed

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

Two men who were ‘heavily involved in the supply of drugs’ have been jailed.

Aaron Patrick McCusker, of St Eithne’s Park, was jailed for 12 months and his co-accused 27-year-old Bernard Shiels, of Miller Street, was jailed for fourteen months.

The defendants pleaded guilty to a total of ten drugs charges between them. They include offering to supply mephedrone, being concerned in the supply of the class B drug and possessing mephedrone with intent to supply.

All the offences were committed between August and September 2012.

Derry Crown Court heard that police searched the home and car of Shiels.

During the search officers found three bags of white powder in the passenger footwell of the vehicle.

The 26-year-old claimed the drugs were so-called legal highs which he intended to sell for a profit.

The court heard Shiels phone was examined and this led police to McCusker.

They searched the 23-year-old’s flat and found four bags of white powder and 31 deal bags filled with powder.

He admitted the drugs were mephedrone and that he intended to sell them.

Jailing the men, Judge Phillip Babington said it is clear both men were ‘heavily involved in drug supply’.

He added: “Drug misuse is a plague on this city. They ruin so many lives. People like these defendants perpetuate this, spreading misery to others while they are making a profit’.

The judge said court’s ‘must deter this type of activity to protect the young people of this city.’

Both defendants will serve half their sentence in custody and half on licence.