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Derry man tried to import drugs from China, court is told

A man on drug charges tried to import illegal substances from China, a court has been told.

Craig Young (27), of Pennethorne Court in Londonderry, is charged with possessing amphetamines with intent to supply as well as possession of both diazepam and cannabis on February 3 this year.

He also faced a charge of possessing mephedrone on April 23.

The court heard that in February police searched a house in the Rossdale area of Derry where Young was living.

In the course of the search they found 396 diazepam tablets and an envelope containing a white powder believed to be amphetamines valued at £1,000. They also seized a number of other items including £2,600 in cash and two cars.

Young was bailed to the address in Rossdale, but his landlord asked him to leave so he was then bailed to an address in Belfast.

On April 23, police searched a flat in Pennethorne Court in Derry where they believed Young was living.

Young and another man were there when police arrived.

The defendant was asked by police if he had any illegal substances and he replied in the negative.

A subsequent search revealed a small bag of white powder believed to be mephedrone in Young's pocket.

Young told police he was addicted to mephedrone and had been for a number of years.

A police officer said they also found a Western Union money transfer document to the value of £1,170 to an address in China and added that they believed Young had been trying to import drugs from there.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said that Young maintained that he was trying to buy bikes from China and also that he had an explanation for the £2,600 found in his house.

He applied for Young to be bailed to an address in Derry to live with his girlfriend and their three-year-old child.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that he would not consider bailing Young to an address with a child in it.

He said that Young could put whatever he liked into his own body but he was not going near a child.

Young was released on his own bail of £100 with two sureties of £750 each to reside in Belfast.

He was ordered not to have in his possession or use a mobile phone and to report to police daily.

He will appear again on June 7.

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