Court: Drug accused is granted bail

Judge's court wig
Judge's court wig

A man charged with possessing almost £400,000, found in a cannabis factory, was released on bail when he appeared before Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Thomas Eoghan Brolly (25), of Coolessan Walk, Limavady, is charged with cultivating cannabis and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. He was further charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply and simply possession of the class B drug on October 23, last year.

Police found a cannabis factory in the Claudy area and made a number of arrests. Around 750 cannabis plants, with a street value of between £350,000 and £400,000, were found in the property.

An investigating officer told the court Brolly handed himself into police and claimed the drugs were his.

The officer said Brolly has claimed he is a “patsy for an organised crime gang” in previous bail applications. She also said police believed he was linked to the property and the gang.

The officer also alleged Brolly’s fingerprint was found on the growing equipment in the property.

Police opposed bail for fear that further offences would be committed.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said the reality was that the accused was a drug addict and if released would get the help that he needed.

On hearing the evidence, Deputy District Judge Paul Conway released Brolly on bail with strict conditions. The 25-year-old will appear in court again on July 23.