Car seized over drugs crime auctioned off

Car seized over drugs crime auctioned off

Two drugs counselling organisations are to share an £11k windfall after a car belonging to a convicted drugs dealer was sold at auction.

The two charities were nominated by Judge Philip Babington when he jailed Edward Gallagher, 34, from the Highfield area of Magherafelt, for two years and eight months last December.Gallagher was the driver and owner of an Audi A-4 Quatro which was seized by police officers when they found £40'000 worth of drugs in the vehicle after they stopped it on the outskirts of the Co Londonderry town in June 2012.In the Crown Court in Derry on Friday, Judge Babington also sentenced Paul James Mallon, 22, from Castle Hill Park in Dungannon.Mallon, who was a passenger in the Audi vehicle driven by Gallagher, pleaded guilty to being concerned in offering to supply cocaine and herbal cannabis, also in June 2012.The offences related to two text messages found on his mobile phone which was seized and examined by the police.Judge Babington sentenced Mallon, who has 34 previous convictions, to 100 hours of community service and also placed him on probation for two years.He warned Mallon that if he failed to comply with directions given to him by the Probation Service and by drugs counsellors, he faced a jail sentence.Meanwhile, the two organisations which are to share the windfall are the charities HURT and North-West Counselling.


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