Derry man 'can get drugs easier in Maghaberry Prison'
A drug addict facing cannabis and amphetamine charges is more likely to gain access to new supplies in jail than outside, the High Court has heard.
Sean Kelly's barrister played down the chances of him overcoming his habit while on remand at Maghaberry Prison.
The 25-year-old, of The Old Fort, Londonderry, faces charges of possessing Class B drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply.
He was arrested after police searched his home on 25 July.
Officers found four grams of herbal cannabis and 180 grams of suspected amphetamines with an estimated street value of between £1,800 and £5,400, according to the prosecution.
The range in potential valuation was due to some batches of speed currently being laced with cocaine, a judge was told.
Digital scales, packaging and cash were also seized during the swoop.'Daily speed use'
Kelly, who was said to be clearly under the influence of drugs when police entered, denied any involvement in selling or supplying drugs.
Opposing his bail application, Kate McKay, prosecuting, told the court he claimed to be a drug addict who took between 18-24 grams of speed daily.
She added, however, that police and forensic experts believe the quantities involved were beyond the levels for normal personal use.
Defence counsel Sean Doherty said Mr Kelly had a long-standing drug problem which he predicted could not be overcome while on remand.
"He said there are more drugs available in Maghaberry than there are on the outside world," the barrister said.
However, Mr Justice McCloskey refused bail due to the lack of an acceptable package of safeguards against any possible further drug abuse.
The judge pointed out: "I cannot contemplate him simply going to his GP within seven or 14 days. That falls measurably short," he said.