Judge Barney McElholm was speaking at Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday after a man appeared before him charged with possession.
Gregory Burns, (35), of Carmoney Road, Eglinton, was found with cannabis valued at £1,000 at his home following a police search last Saturday. He was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply and supplying cannabis.
An PSNI officer told the court police were objecting to bail. He said: “Police found 80gm of cannabis resin. It was packaged up in 10 separate packets, ready for sale. We also found 60gm of herbal cannabis, some in large bags, some packed in smaller bags ready for sale. Scales were found and a number of small bags.”
During interview Burns made a full admission of possession, the court heard. But he denied being a drug dealer. The officer described the accused as a “low level street dealer.”
Refusing bail, Judge Barney McElholm, said: “It is my belief that anyone involved in the chain of supply has to be treated harshly and I subscribe to the broken window thought. If you don’t fix the first broken window very soon there are two, three, four. The only successful way of treating the drug problem is to attack it on every chink of the armour no matter how low.”
Burns was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 29.