Detectives from PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit have welcomed the sentencing of three people – including a man with an Antrim town address -at Craigavon Crown Court, earlier today, Thursday 24 January, in relation to the seizure of cannabis worth £400,000.
George Hamilton (49) from Ballycraigy Drive in Antrim, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for importation and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.
Vua Mitchell (30), with an address in Bangor, and Linh Tran (34) with a Newry address, were both convicted of importing a Class B drug.
Ms Mitchell was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for three years and Ms Tran was sentenced to one years imprisonment, suspended for three years.
Detective Inspector Pete Mullan from PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit said: “I welcome today’s sentencing following the seizure of cannabis with an estimated street value of £400,000.
“This success is further evidence of PSNI’s continuing commitment to both preventing dangerous drugs from ending up in local communities and pursuing those intent on destroying lives through the supply of illicit drugs.
“Whilst there continues to be a debate within society on the legalisation of cannabis it remains a controlled drug and is illegal to possess.
“The local drug trade brings devastation and loss to the individuals whose lives it destroys.
“Some people think that buying cannabis is harmless but this isn’t true. Cannabis can damage your physical and mental health and it is the most used drug by people receiving treatment for drug addiction in Northern Ireland.
“Drug dealers don’t care about their communities and they use violence and intimidation to maintain their control.
“Also, money spent on cannabis can be used by organised crime gangs to fund their other criminality.
“We will continue to investigate those who profit from the harm caused by illegal drugs. I would appeal to the public to contact police if they have any concerns or information regarding drugs in their area by calling 101.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”