Men to be sentenced for drugs offences


Two men who admitted a string of drugs offences are to be sentenced later this week.

Bernard Shiels, (27), of Glen Road and 23-year-old Aaron McCusker, of St. Eithne’s Park, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs, offering to supply drugs and possessing drugs with intent to supply.

The offences were committed between August and September 2012.

Derry Crown Court heard police pursued a car driven by Shiels after going to his home to carry out a search for drugs.

It was stopped and Shiels was inside attempting to get a sim card out of a phone.

The phone was seized and three bags of white powder were found in the car.

During interview, the 27-year-old said he believed the drugs were so-called ‘legal highs’ bought over the internet.

The mobile phone was examined for drugs transactions and led police to McCusker.

Officers searched the 23-year-old’s home and he showed police where he kept his drugs. He also admitted supplying drugs to friends.

Two phones, scales and a sum of money were seized along with bags containing white powder.

David Heraghty, defence counsel for McCusker, said his client ‘deeply regrets ever becoming involved and offering to supply drugs.’

He added he was ‘not pushing drugs’ on the public.

Gordon Talbot, defending Shiels, said his client has done a lot to turn his life around since the offences.

He said he is now a student at the University of Ulster and received good references from his tutors.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing until Thursday.