19 houses searched amid Derry drugs raid

Published Wednesday, 04 December 2013
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The PSNI have searched 19 houses and arrested eight people during an intelligence lead anti-drugs operation in Londonderry on Tuesday night.

19 houses searched amid Derry drugs raid
Police searched houses across the city on Tuesday night. (© UTV)

One of those arrested appeared before the city's Magistrate's Court on Wednesday charged with drugs offences.

Christopher Gallagher, 28, a father of one from Foyle Road, admitted charges of possessing cannabis and being concerned in supplying cannabis.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that Gallagher's home was searched under a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant.

Gallagher told the police that he had a quantity of cannabis in his bedroom. The officer said that 14.25 grams of cannabis with a street value of £150 were found.

He said he believed Gallagher, if released on bail, would re-offend as he had five previous drugs convictions.

A prosecution solicitor told the court that as well as finding the cannabis, the officers also found 2,000 drugs related text messages on Gallagher's mobile phone.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Killian Conwell said Gallagher had fully co-operated with the police and has made full and frank admissions to them.

He said Gallagher admitted buying the cannabis both for his own use and to sell the drug to his friends.

"This matter will not be troubling the court," he added.

Mr McElholm said he wanted to "make it clear that I do not regard this person as being a drug dealer. He has done something foolish that a lot of young people do".

The District Judge then released the defendant on his own bail of £300 to appear in court again on 30 January.

As part of his bail conditions, Gallagher is neither to consume nor possess any non-prescription drugs nor must he possess nor use a mobile phone.

He must also observe a 9pm to 8am curfew and submit to any unannounced police drugs tests.

Meanwhile, the seven other people arrested during the same police operation were released on police bail.

© UTV News
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martin in belfast wrote (137 days ago):
sounds like a massive waste of tax payers money to be honest, how much did that operation cost??
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