Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Branch have welcomed the sentencing of 22 year old Darryl Cromie at Laganside Crown Court on Friday, 2 July.
Cromie was sentenced to:-
32 months - 16 months in custody and 16 months on licence for possession of Class A controlled drug with intent to supply
12 months – 6 months in custody and 6 months on licence (to run concurrently) for possession of Class A controlled drug
18 months – 9 months in custody and 9 months on licence (to run concurrently) for possession of Class B controlled drug with intent to supply
It was ordered that a car that was seized be forfeited and sold by Police and the proceeds be sent to a local hospital to assist with drug addiction and rehabilitation.
Detective Chief Inspector Hamilton said: “Following the search of one property in the Belfast area, approximately £70,000 worth of cocaine was seized along with other drugs paraphernalia. During a follow up search of a second property, also in the Belfast area, approximately £1,000 worth of herbal cannabis and a substantial quantity of fireworks were also seized.
“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to both preventing dangerous drugs from ending up in local communities and pursuing those intent on destroying lives through the supply of illicit drugs.
“Drug dealers seek to make profit at the expense of causing harm and loss to local families in the city. They set out to ruin the communities that they operate in and they do not care about the damage that they cause, preying on the most vulnerable members of their communities.
“We will continue to robustly and proactively pursue those who are intent on damaging our communities by supplying illegal drugs and the communities most damaged by the scourge of drugs support our ongoing efforts. I would appeal for anyone with information regarding the supply of illegal drugs to contact police on 101 or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. 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.”