A still image from Air Support footage shows the proactive operation
A still image from Air Support footage shows the proactive operation

Officers from the Belfast District Support team have acknowledged the sentence handed down to Joseph McIlvenny at Newry Crown Court today, Friday 11th November.

McIlvenny, was sentenced to 20 months, half of which will be served in prison and half on licence for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and importation of class A Drugs.

In August 2021, officers from the Belfast District Support Team were engaged in a proactive operation to address drug supply in the city. With the assistance of Auto Crime Team and Air Support Unit colleagues, a vehicle being driven by McIlvenny was stopped on the A1 close to Newry. The vehicle was searched and a quantity of heroin, now understood to be worth £6,700 was located.

Superintendent Christian Bradley said, "We remain committed to tackling the illegal supply of drugs and will relentlessly pursue those who cause real harm to their own communities through the distribution and supply of these incredibly harmful substances.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the supply of illegal drugs, to contact police on 101.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

"For information on local support services that can help with issues like drug addiction, please visit www.drugsandalcoholni.info. There is also a range of services available if you are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse.