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'It took you six years to catch me and it will take you another six to catch me again' taunted alleged Diazepam dealer, court hears

By Alan Erwin

An alleged Diazepam dealer taunted police by saying: "It took you six years to catch me and it will take you another six to catch me again", the High Court heard today.

Patrick Healy made the comments after officers seized more than 3,000 tablets from his home and car, prosecutors claimed.

The 42-year-old, of Racecourse Park in Derry, faces charges of possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in their supply.

He was stopped in a car and arrested by police in an operation staged back in January.

During a bail application prosecution lawyer Robin Steer said £775 in cash was found in the unemployed defendant's wallet.

Officers discovered 1,300 suspected Diazepam tablets in the vehicle, and a further 2,300 pills in the nearby house, the court heard.

Healy's responses to police questioning was said to include the claim that it had taken six years to apprehend him.

He allegedly added: "It will take you another six years to catch me again."

Mr Justice Deeny was told Healy described himself as an addict who took 30 Diazepam tablets a day.

A trawl of his mobile phone messages was said to reveal references to "sweets" and "blues" - allegedly slang for the drug.

Opposing bail, Mr Steer contended: "This man is believed to be a drug dealer, as shown by the amount of cash and drugs."

Defence counsel argued that Healy should be released due to delays in progressing the case.

But refusing bail, the judge ruled there were "formidable obstacles" to the accused getting out of custody.

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