Three appear in Londonderry on drugs charges

A man arrested in a PSNI anti-drugs operation has been described in Londonderry Magistrates court as "essentially a supergrass".

He is one of 15 people charged in connection with offences alleged to have happened in Portstewart and Derry in 2010.

Three of the 15 appeared at Londonderry Magistrates court on Thursday.

The 12 other defendants appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court earlier this month.

Kevin Gerard Whoriskey, 28 , from Bloomfield Park, 24-year-old Emmet Ryan Donaghey, from Carranbane Walk, and Brendan Joseph Harkin, 29, also from Carranbane Walk faced a total of 14 charges at Londonderry magistrates court.

They included possessing ecstasy, and possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Ciaran Shiels, of Madden and Finucane Solicitors, who represents Mr Whoriskey told the court that one of other 12 defendants is "essentially a supergrass."

Mr Shiels said the defendant " has been co-operating for some considerable time and has been co-operating under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 with a view to becoming essentially a supergrass."

He also said that various defence representatives were concerned that the full picture in this investigation is being kept from the district judges, and various forensic reports by police investigators in the case have yet to be completed, 18 months after the arrests.

The district judge Barney McElholm adjourned the case against the three Derry defendants until the 8th March.