Londonderry men appear in court on drugs charges

Three men have appeared at Londonderry Magistrates' Court in connection with a £20,000 drugs haul.

Thirty-year-old Brendan Harkin and 26-year-old Ryan Donaghey, both from Carranbane Walk, were charged with possessing ecstasy with intent to supply.

Kevin Whoriskey, 27, from Bloomfield Park, was charged with supplying cannabis.

They were arrested after the police stopped a car on Madam's Bank Road on Tuesday.

The court was told that police stopped a car owned by Mr Whoriskey at a vehicle checkpoint on the Foyle Bridge.

They carried out a search and found 5,000 suspected ecstasy tablets under the front passenger seat.

A police officer told the court that he believed the drugs were valued at £20,000.

It was said that Mr Whoriskey, who is a taxi driver, had been asked by Mr Harkin to take him to Portstewart.

During police interview, Mr Whoriskey admitted supplying his friends with cannabis.

The police officer opposed bail for Mr Harkin and Mr Donaghey on the grounds that they may re-offend.

He also opposed bail for Harkin on the grounds that he had been released from prison on Monday morning and had been re-arrested within 48 hours.

District Judge Barney McElhone said that Mr Whoriskey had no previous record and at this stage it looked like he played a minor role.

He was released on his own bail of £750 on condition he stayed out of Coleraine and Portstewart.

Mr Harkin and Mr Donaghy were remanded in custody. All three are due to appear again on October 7th.