Bail refused for man ‘up to his neck in drugs’

A MAGHERAFELT man said by a judge to be “up to his neck in drugs”, was refused bail when he appeared at the local Magistrates Court.

Thirty-four-year-old Edward Gallagher, of Mullaghboy Heights in the town, faces two charges of possessing cannabis on Monday.

The court heard that Gallagher was found with £1,000 and a mobile phone in his underwear and a further £9,000 in cash was found by police in a footstool.

District Judge Des Perry was told that the defendant had been on police bail after drugs valued at £45,000 were recovered on June 9.

A police officer claimed that in the last six weeks police had taken £39,000 from Gallagher which they believed was the receipt of drugs.

A defence lawyer said Gallagher was a painter and decorator and he was found with a minute quantity of cannabis.

The lawyer stressed that the defendant had someone who was prepared to stand bail for him.

Refusing the application, Mr Perry said this was “patently drugs money”. He also believed there was a high risk of re-offending.

Gallagher was remanded in custody to appear again in Magherafelt Court by videolink on August 22.