Belfast Telegraph

Drug accused refused anonymity

By George Jackson

A district judge has refused to grant anonymity to a defendant who has been charged with drugs offences.

Barney McElholm refused the application at Londonderry Magistrate's Court in the case of Alan Graham (25) from Duncastle Park in Newbuildings.

The defendant is charged with possessing herbal cannabis and with being concerned in the supply of cannabis on Tuesday of this week.

Opposing bail, a police sergeant said that the defendant's home was searched under the Misuse Of Drugs Act on Tuesday afternoon.

Inside, police found one gramme of herbal cannabis, as well as weighing scales, deal bags and two mobile phones.

The sergeant said that a preliminary examination of two mobile phones found in the house revealed incoming and outgoing text messages which related to the supplying of cannabis in terms of where, when and how much.

He said the text messages dated back to last December.

The officer said the defendant was a drug addict who spent £50 per week on his addiction.

He said that, despite being unemployed and in debt, the defendant was able to buy a £90 mobile phone last month.

Bail was refused and the defendant was remanded in custody for four weeks.

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