“A man who told police he was part of a group on social media called the “Legenderry Cannabis Club has been remanded in custody on a series of drug charges.
Seamus Anthony Duddy (39), of Ardnamoyle Park in the Shantallow area of Derry, was charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possessing cannabis with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and possessing criminal property.
All of the charges were said to relate to January 21.
A police officer connected Duddy to the charges and opposed bail.
The court was told that Duddy was stopped at a checkpoint in Bradley’s Pass at 12.10am driving a van.
There was said to be a strong smell of cannabis in the vehicle and police searched both Duddy and the van and found cannabis on him and on various parts of the van.
The value of the drugs was put at over £1,000 and was in various forms.
A quantity of cash, £200 and 300 in euros, was also found on Duddy.
The court was told Duddy gave police an address where he claimed he lived but when police searched the house they could find no evidence Duddy lived there.
Duddy’s phone was seized and drug related messages were found there and an app was on the phone that the officer said was commonly used by drug dealers.
The court was told that the last drug related message was five minutes before his arrest.
The officer opposed bail on the grounds he believed that Duddy was heavily involved in the supply of drugs in the city.
He said he was currently on a suspended sentence for similar offences.
At interview Duddy admitted being addicted to cannabis for 18 years and said he was in the Legenderry Cannabis Club and was ‘the main person involved with the cannabis club.’
Defence counsel Eoghain Devlin told the court there was little likelihood Duddy would flee but had to accept the riak of further offences.
He added there was no sophistication in the case as Duddy was out and about in the city’ at a time when you were almost certainly to run into the police given the events of the last few days. ‘
District Judge Oonagh Mullan said she was refusing bail as Duddy had re-offended months after getting a suspended sentence.
Duddy was remanded in custody to appear on 14 February next.