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19/09/2021

Court hears Derry man convicted of selling cannabis took drug payments through PayPal

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A 30-year-old man who has been addicted to cannabis since the age of thirteen, was jailed for twelve months at Derry Crown Court today when he pleaded guilty to a single charge of supplying the drug to a group of friends. Darragh Bradley of Brookdale Park in Derry admitted committing the offence over a seven month period starting in June of last year. A prosecution barrister told Judge Philip Babington that Bradley's then home at Brookdale Park was searched by police officers in an intelligence led operation on February 6 of this year. Bradley told the officers he had a small amount of cannabis in his kitchen and when he was arrested he replied "no sweat". Inside the house the police found a grinder containing cannabis remnants as well as a number of deal bags which also contained cannabis remnants. When asked if he had a mobile phone Bradley told the police he had just dumped it in a bin. The bin was searched and the mobile phone was recovered, as was another mobile phone from inside the house. Drugs related text messages were found on one of the mobile 'phones and Bradley admitted that he had been supplying cannabis to a group of about twenty friends. He told the police he made about £100 per week from his drugs supplying. Judge Babington said Bradley supplied drugs to finance his own drugs addiction. He said Bradley collected the drugs from his letterbox where they had been left by his supplier and payments were also made the same way. "One person actually paid him through PayPal", he said. Judge Babington added: "His offending was premeditated in that he purchased cannabis from his own dealer on a weekly basis and then supplied a number of people who wanted the drug." Bradley was jailed for 12 months.

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