Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Judge denies addict bail despite prison drug fears

There are more drugs in Maghaberry prison than there are on the outside world, a court has heard.

Sean Doherty, representing a drug addict facing cannabis and amphetamine charges, told the High Court his client is more likely to gain access to new supplies in jail than outside.

Sean Kelly (25), of The Old Fort, Londonderry, faces charges of possessing class B drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply.

He was arrested after police searched his home on July 25 amid suspicions that illegal drugs were being stored and sold there.

Officers found 4g of herbal cannabis and 180g of suspected amphetamines with an estimated street value of between £1,800 and £5,400, according to the prosecution.

The range in potential valuation is due to some batches of speed currently being laced with cocaine, a judge was told.

Digital scales, packaging and cash were also seized during the swoop.

Kelly, who was said to be clearly under the influence of drugs when police entered, denied any involvement in selling or supplying drugs.

Opposing bail, Kate McKay, prosecuting, said he claimed to be a drug addict who took between 18g-24g of speed daily.

Mr Doherty said Kelly has a drug problem which he predicted could not be overcome on remand. “He said there are more drugs available in Maghaberry than there are on the outside world,” the barrister said.

But Mr Justice McCloskey refused bail due to the lack of safeguards against possible further drug abuse.

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