Suspended sentence for ‘low level street dealer’

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A Dungiven woman who admitted supplying cannabis has received a suspended jail sentence.

Amy Hanna,of Drumrane Road in the town, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis and possessing the class B drug with intent to supply.

The 23-year-old also admitted possessing diazepam with intent to supply and possessing criminal property on August 29, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard police were on patrol in the Burnfoot area of Dungiven when they saw Hanna talking to the driver of a van.

They searched the van driver and a small bag of cannabis fell to the ground.

He told police he had just bought this from Hanna for £50.

The 23-year-old denied dealing drugs and said she was giving the driver directions.

However, she then produced the money, which had been hidden in her underwear.

Police then searched the 23-year-old’s home and discovered almost 75 grams of cannabis and 40 diazepam tablets.

They also found scales, deal bags, a grinder and a further £200 in cash.

During police interview, Hanna claimed the drugs in her house were for her personal use. She also claimed that she used the scales to control the amount she consumed.

The 23-year-old denied being a drug dealer but said she had a small group of friends who helped each other out with drugs.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said this case showed the ‘unfortunate decline of a young woman’.

He told the court Hanna had a ‘heavy dependency on cannabis’ which started when she was a teenager and she began to deal drugs to feed her own habit.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said in his view Hanna was not dealing drugs within a small group but was a ‘low level street dealer, dealing drugs to the public’. The judge suspended a nine month sentence for three years and granted a destruction order for the drugs and paraphernalia.