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Police found £20k of drugs hidden inside dummy

By George Jackson

Officers who searched a house found almost £20,000 worth of cannabis packed into a martial arts training dummy in the back garden, a court heard yesterday.

A prosecution barrister at Londonderry Crown Court said police officers searched the property under the Misuse of Drugs Act last year.

The barrister said inside the dummy the police found three large bin bags containing 720 grams of cannabis, and a further 214 grams of cannabis were found in nine small deal bags inside the house.

The prosecutor disclosed the details during the plea and sentence hearing of 28-year-old George Campbell, inside and outside whose house at Glendale Road the drugs were found last April 13.

During the search operation the police also found cocaine, and gold jewellery valued at £1,400. Under a pillow on Campbell's bed the officers found a wallet with £1,240.

Campbell, whose fingerprints were found on the bin liners inside the dummy, had three previous drugs convictions. He pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis with intent to supply the drug, possessing cocaine and possessing criminal property, namely a gold necklace and bracelet and £1,240.

The prosecutor told Judge Philip Babington that in April 2015 Campbell was jailed for 18 months for other drugs offences.

He was released on licence halfway through his sentence and he was caught with the cannabis and cocaine just six months after his licence period had expired. Campbell told police he was keeping the drugs for a third party. He said that the cash was a combination of his benefits payments, money from his mother and gambling winnings.

A defence barrister said Campbell hoped to break away from his drugs lifestyle.

The defendant was remanded in custody and will be sentenced for the offences next Wednesday.

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