Derry drug dealer named as court ban is lifted
A judge has lifted an anonymity order in the case of a drug dealer who ran a network of suppliers in order to distribute cocaine, diazepam and cannabis to his customers.
The defendant, who can now be named for the first time, is Anthony Dalzell (33), from Claremont House, Richmond Terrace, Londonderry. He was jailed for three years after he admitted committing a total of 10 drugs offences between November 26, 2017 and March of last year.
After a barrister for the Public Prosecution Service said that there was no specific threat against Dalzell, Judge Philip Babington lifted the previously imposed anonymity order at Derry Crown Court.
Dalzell, who was shot in both legs 10 years ago in a so-called paramilitary punishment shooting, had 33 previous criminal convictions, six of them for drugs offences.
He committed his latest offences shortly after he was released from prison where he'd served a 32-month sentence for previous drugs offences.
Following Dalzell's prison release the police searched his then home at Abercorn Road on March 14 of last year.
Inside a kitchen cupboard the police found a nine bar of cannabis resin weighing 64g.
As the search continued the police found 480g of flowering cannabis heads under the kitchen sink as well as deal bags, weighing scales and £500.
In a drawer in the bedroom police officers also found two slabs of cannabis resin weighing 200g.
Judge Babington said in September 2017 police seized a mobile phone belonging to another suspected drugs dealer. On it they found multiple text message exchanges between Dalzell and the other man relating to the supply of drugs.
The timeline of text messages, as well as Facebook messages, referred to the cost, weight and types of drugs which Dalzell offered to supply.
"The police view, with which I agree, is that he is a high level dealer with a network of others doing the running for him and he agreed he was selling the drugs to fund his own habit," said Judge Babington.