A man who was arrested on his way to work “ “was madly involved in the dark web” in relation to his drug deals over the past three years, a London court heard yesterday.
The 32-year-old defendant, who was granted full anonymity, appeared before district judge Barney M. charged with 13 drug-related offenses between October 1, 2016 and Tuesday of this week.
The charges, some of which the defendant admitted, include involvement in the supply of class a, B and C drugs, possession of class B and C drugs with intent to supply and possession, transfer and concealment of criminal property.
A police officer told Derry court that the defendant became of interest to the PSNI following a drug-related search in 2017 during which a computer and several mobile phones were seized.
She said the accused refused to give police the appropriate access codes for items found in his home after his arrest on Tuesday.
Among the Internet-enabled devices found during the search were several USB pens that officers believed contained information relevant to their investigation.
A police witness said the defendant was a very intelligent man who used a special type of software that anonymized both the user and their location. She said he was also involved in Bit coin deals.
The officer also explained that the accused went abroad, where he attended cryptocurrency conferences for several months and stayed with undesirable persons.
During interrogations after the arrest, the man partially confessed to the crimes and admitted that he also sent drugs to several addresses in the Republic.
The court was told that the defendant was visibly upset at the conclusion of his police interviews.
A PSNI witness said: “I think the seriousness of what he was involved in struck him.”
Police objected to bail on the grounds that if released, the accused would be at risk of fleeing and would impede the ongoing investigation.
The bail application defence lawyer Eoghan Devlin said he accepted it was a difficult application to make, to which the district judge replied “try impossible.”
Mr Devlin said the defendant had mental health issues which included psychotic incidents.
Mr Mcelholm denied bail and remanded the accused in custody until 12 December.
The judge said that while in custody, the defendant should be
assessed for his mental health.
“Anyone dealing with drugs in this city should know that if they don’t give access codes, passwords and pins to police so they can access devices to speed up their investigations, they won’t get bail,” the district judge added.