A 'DRUG dealer' caught with over 800 Diazepam tablets at flats in the High Street area of Ballymena has been given a three months prison sentence.
Daly Mooney (29), of Nursery Close in Ballymena, was sentenced at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), for being concerned in the supply of Diazepam in relation to November 4, 2020.
A prosecutor said at 10.40pm on November 4 police were in attendance at High Street flats and spoke with Mooney "at the front steps" and when they entered a communal door they saw a black plastic bag containing 810 Diazepam tablets with a street value of £810".
The prosecutor said Mooney was "identified through CCTV from the building" and was arrested.
His phone was examined and contained messages "which would support the defendant being concerned in the supply of drugs".
Defence barrister Stephen Law said at the time of the offences the defendant had been "associating with other individuals who were using drugs" but "he took himself out of that equation" and now his life is "transformed".
The lawyer said Mooney had been working as a labourer in London and had shown he can "change his ways".
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had an "atrocious" record with 119 previous convictions and he was "beginning to lose count" how many of those were for drugs offences.
He said courts had tried to "rehabilitate" Mooney and give him a chance not to re-offend and he had Probation; Community Service; suspended sentences and immediate custody "but despite all that you don't seem to be able to avoid offending".
The judge told the defendant: "You had 810 tablets and you were clearly selling these Class C drugs. The court take a very dim view of anyone who involves themselves in the supply of drugs."
The defendant had bail in the sum of £500 fixed for appeal.