Detectives acknowledge the sentencing of Tomas Sujan, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 18 months on licence at Belfast Laganside Court today, Tuesday 11th October.

The 37-year-old man was sentenced for Producing a Class A controlled drug (methamphetamine) and three offences of Possession of a Class A controlled drug (methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA).

The offences relate to the search of premises in East Belfast in May 2020.  Here, detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Branch, Belfast, alongside a specialised search team, located controlled drugs and component parts of an illicit drug production laboratory. 

Officers seized a number of hazardous and volatile chemicals, along with laboratory equipment used for producing methamphetamine, a quantity of the drug itself, and drug paraphernalia.

Specialist Drug Officer Detective Constable Michael Gill stated: “The production of methamphetamine is a highly dangerous process involving toxic chemicals. Exposure to the chemicals released by the process is a major health risk, and any mishandling of the product could have led to a catastrophic explosion and loss of life in the premises and vicinity. The end product produced is highly addictive and harmful, often devastating lives.

“This was a complex case, involving a large amount of forensic work.

“The seizure of the chemicals, equipment and end product, and the arrest of Sujan have, no doubt, been a significant blow to the organised crime gang behind this activity.

“We are committed to keeping our community safe, and we’ll continue to robustly pursue those involved in the production and supply of drugs – anyone involved should expect to receive a significant sentence.  

“If you have information, or concerns, relating to the supply of illicit drugs please contact police on 101.”

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