A 53-year-old man who is alleged to have supplied drugs to a man who died of suspected drugs poisoning at a house in the Coleshill area of Enniskillen over the weekend, was denied bail at Fermanagh Magistrates court this week.

James Lunney, with an address of Galliagh Park Enniskillen, was charged with a variety of drugs offences including intent to supply a class A drug, fentanyl. 

The court heard from a police officer who stated that on Sunday September 14 a search was carried out of Lunney’s house in which officers found fentanyl patches, up to 50 pills believed to be diazepam and also a substance that police believe may be heroin. Tests are being carried out on the pills and the substance found. 

The court heard from the police officer that they had reason to believe that Lunney supplied drugs to a man who died in the Coleshill area of Enniskillen over the weekend. They told the court that the deceased man was found with a fentanyl patch on his arm and that his body had been taken to the Royal for suspected death by drug poisoning.

The court heard that police also suspected Lunney to have supplied drugs in the case of another death related to drugs in Enniskillen but did not elaborate on the detail of this incident.

Police interviewed the defendant in relation to both the products that were found in his house and his relationship to the deceased male. Lunney made no comment in relation to all the questions asked.

Defending Barrister, Ciaran Roddy, argued that this was the first time the defendant was before the court on drug related charges and that this was a case “of simple possession” and that it could prove difficult to prove any intention to supply or that drugs were supplied to others by Lunney.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that these are “potentially the most serious types of offences” and that the defendant was at “risk of re-offending”.

Mr. Ranaghan denied bail and the case was adjourned for four weeks until October 14.