Sentenced for drugs offences

A ‘low level drug dealer’ was advised to review his personal safety after a recent shooting in the city, a court has heard.

The 36-year-old man and his 39-year-old partner, who cannot be named because of an anonymity order, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and simple possession of the class B drug.

The charges relate to a search of their home under the misuse of drugs act on May 18, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard that police searched the couple’s home and found several packages of herbal cannabis in their bedroom as well as a joint and a set of scales.

Police also searched their car and found 22 small bags of cannabis in the glove compartment.

In total police seized 59.42 grams of cannabis from the bedroom and 553 grams of the drug in the car.

During police interview the man claimed that the drugs were his and his partner had no knowledge of them. She also told this to police.

However, it was revealed to the court that both defendant’s fingerprints were found on the bags of drugs discovered in the car.

It was accepted that police regard the man, who has previous drugs convictions, as a low level supplier.

Defence counsel for the 36-year-old man told the court his client and his partner left the city for three weeks last month, after they were advised by police to review their personal safety.

He added that this warning came after a man was shot in the Shipquay Street area of the city.

Judge Philip Babington imposed a determinate sentence of two years on the man. The 36-year-old will serve 12 months of this in custody with the remainder on licence. The woman received a 12 month jail term suspended for two years.