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4 jailed over cross-border drugs sting.

FOUR men involved in a cross border drugs gang were jailed yesterday.

They were sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry and Co Donegal.

Desmond Enfield, 34, Kieran Austin, 61, and 33-year-old Darren Donnelly all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs.

Seamus Boyce, 38, previously pleaded guilty to possession of Class B controlled drugs and conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs. It brings to a close a proactive joint investigation between the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit and An Garda Siochana, into the importation and supply of controlled drugs.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure of PSNI's Organised Crime Unit said: "On April 22, 2016, officers searched three vehicles in a layby at Derrymacash Road, Lurgan.

"In one of the vehicles, officers uncovered herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of PS300,000 in 15 vacuum packed plastic bags in the back of one of the vehicles.

"All four have now been sentenced for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry/Londonderry and County Donegal areas."

Enfield, of Ramelton, Co Donegal, was given 24 months imprisonment, with 12 to be served on licence, as well as a forfeiture order issued for a Audi vehicle.

Boyce, of Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was given 16 months imprisonment, with eight to be served on licence, as well as a forfeiture order for a Ford vehicle.

Austin, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, was given 16 months imprisonment, with eight to be served on licence.

Donnelly, of Sixmilecross, Omagh, Co Tyrone, was given 12 months imprisonment, with six to be served on licence.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Mar 14, 2018
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