30 Sept 2022

Trio appear in Derry court charged with supplying drugs linked to at least one death in the city

A drug parcels sent to the North from the Birmingham area of England is believed have been linked to at least one death in Derry and others across the North, Derry Magistrate's Court has been told. A police officer made the statement during an appearance by three people with addresses in England who she said were involved in posting 'sacks full of drugs.' Before the court were Matthew Compton (20), of Spring Lane in Birmingham, who faced charges of possessing Oxycodeine and Xanax with intent to supply on 29 April, being concerned in the offer to supply the drugs on 30 April and conspiring with others to supply the drugs on dates between 1 December 2017 and 30 April 3this year. Compton was also charged with possessing and concealing criminal property on the same dates. Donna Handley (46), of St. David's Road, and Llewellyn Jones (46), of Abbeyville Court, both in Port Talbot in Wales, were both charged with conspiracy with others to supply Oxycodeine, Xanax and Diazepam on dates between 1 December 2017 and 30 April last, being concerned in the supply of the drugs on the same date and possessing, concealing and converting criminal property. Connecting the three accused to the charges and opposing bail, the police officer the court police had established a pattern in relation to the supply of prescription drugs into Derry and the North as a whole. She said police believed these parcels of drugs were linked to a number of drug deaths and that orders were placed and money transferred and a "large number of drug parcels" were posted to the North. She told the court there was CCTV footage of these parcels being posted to addresses here. She told District Judge Barney McElholm: "We suspect this gang is responsible for a significant amount of prescription drugs coming into this country." All three were remanded in custody to appear again on 30 May.

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