Two face court after Limavady drugs raids
Two people have appeared in court charged with drugs offences after police raids in Limavady on Thursday in which seven houses were searched.
Dean McDaid, 32, and Laura Forrest, 21, both of Glenbank Walk in Limavady were charged with possessing mephedrone with intent to supply on 9 August.
Both were also charged with possessing cannabis and Ms Forrest with possessing Diazapam on the same date.
The court was told several other people were arrested during the raids.
A prosecution lawyer told Londonderry Magistrates Court police had entered the defendants' house and found them both in bed with a mat with white powder and a rolled up £5 note on it.
They also found a quantity of cannabis, two sets of scales, 100 gms of white powder, a bag marked not fit for human consumption and small plastic bags.
Police also seized a mobile phone and two SIM cards.
Ms Forrest told police she had bought the white powder from a website and believed it to be a legal high.
She said the scales were for cooking and weighing jewellery for selling.
She did admit to having a drug problem and said she would spend up to £290 a month on them.
Mr McDaid said he knew she had ordered the powder on the internet but it was nothing to do with him.
The court was told that both defendants were on bail in connection with the finding of £30,000 worth of drugs and police were waiting for forensics in that case.
Defence solicitor Gareth McFadden said his application for bail was based on the likely delay in bringing the case to trial. He said they could be released on "onerous bail conditions".
District Judge Barney McElholm said that "onerous they would be".
He released both on their own bail of £1,000 with one surety of £500, ordered that they observe a curfew, wear an electronic tag, report to police daily and not to possess a mobile phone.
Both were warned that if they breached their bail they would go into custody.
Judge McElholm said he was not imposing anonymity orders in this case as it was Limavady-based and he did not think the same situation pertained as in some other cases.