Cabbie busted for cocaine dealing after cops saw him in sunglasses on dull day
A taxi driver spotted by police wearing dark glasses on a "dull, wet" January day has been jailed for drug-dealing.
Sean Rodgers (33), of Circular Road in Londonderry, admitted possessing, being concerned in the supply of and offering to supply cocaine and ecstasy on various dates in 2014 and January 2015.
The court heard that police spotted Rodgers in a car that was a registered taxi, although there were no plates on display, at the Caw Roundabout.
He was wearing dark glasses despite the weather, and the car was recognised as having been involved in a previous drugs investigation.
When police approached, Rodgers was "very nervous" and holding something that was found to be a wrap of cocaine.
When the defendant got out of the car, another wrap fell to the ground.
The defendant was then searched and found to have six packets of cocaine, a bag of cannabis and a sum of money.
A search of his home uncovered a snorting tube, two more bags of cocaine and scales.
Rodgers told police he was on his way to deliver cocaine and admitted supplying it to friends. He also admitted supplying ecstasy.
The defendant's phone was checked and found to contain 11,000 messages, the vast majority of which related to drug-dealing.
He also had 21 contacts believed to be involved in the supply of cocaine.
The hearing was told that Rodgers has six previous convictions, four drug-related.
A report submitted to the court said he dealt drugs to feed his own habit. It was also noted that he could not afford to take drugs without selling them.
Judge Philip Babington said the defendant was "a very busy street dealer supplying different drugs to anyone who wanted them".
The judge also highlighted that Rodgers had used his taxi to facilitate the sale of drugs.
He sentenced him to 40 months, half of which he will spend in custody.
He also ordered that the £300 found on the defendant be forfeited to the Northlands addiction centre in Derry.