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Man had 20,000 drug deal texts on mobile, court hears

By George Jackson

A man had over 20,000 drugs-related text messages on his mobile phone when he was arrested by police last year, a court has heard.

Christopher Gallagher (29), a father-of-two who also looks after his partner's two children, has pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing herbal cannabis and nine of offering to supply it.

Derry Crown Court heard that 14.5g of the drug and a grinder were found in Gallagher's Foyle Road home when it was searched by police last December.

The former drug addict's mobile phone was seized.

It was forensically analysed and 20,000-plus incoming and outgoing text messages linked to 63 mobile numbers were found on it.

One message from Gallagher stated "some super skunk here if you are looking" and another stated "potent stuff here".

The prosecution barrister said due to the volume of text related messages found, it was clear that Gallagher played a significant role in supplying drugs to both users and retailers.

Judge Philip Babington said he would sentence Gallagher on Thursday and he released him on continuing bail until then.

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