£35k cocaine accused 'sold drugs to pay for own habit'
A man found with almost £35,000 of cocaine under his bed "had to make money", the High Court was told yesterday.
Dominik Skonieczka (23) was arrested on November 26 during a police raid at his flat on Queen Street, Magherafelt.
The Polish national faces a charge of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
During a bail application, a prosecution lawyer said cocaine with an estimated street value of £34,500 was located under Skonieczka's bed. The accused claimed it was worth £10,000.
"He said he knew the drugs were there and that he became involved in the supply of cocaine because he was addicted to it and had to make money," the solicitor added.
Liam McStay, defending, said Skonieczka had made straightforward admissions, adding: "He was using cocaine to a high level and got himself into this to fund his own addiction."
Granting bail, the judge ordered the defendant to live under curfew and banned him from leaving the jurisdiction without police consent.