A 38 year old man has been sentenced for 2 years and 8 months at Belfast Crown Court on Friday 30th June.

Graham Darragh was sentenced to 32 months – half to be served in custody and half on licence, for possession of a Class A Controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class C Controlled drug, possessing criminal property and concealing criminal property.

A Serious Crime Prevention Order was granted for a period of five years, commencing when Darragh is released from custody.

This follows from a Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) investigation into suspected drugs criminality linked to the West Belfast UDA last year.

Detective Constable Beckett said: “Officers conducted a search at a property in North Belfast on Friday 25th February 2022.  Approximately £10,500 of suspected cocaine, a quantity of Class C Controlled drugs and £7,470 in cash was recovered. Following further financial investigations identified an offending bank account showing records linked to drug criminality, which showed approximately £68,177 going through this account between April 2020 and November 2020.

“Today’s outcome demonstrates the PCTF’s commitment to tackle those groups who make a living from crime – and always at the expense of others.  These people don’t care about the devastating effects of illegal drugs. They care nothing for the lives and relationships ruined along the way.

“I’m grateful for the support of the local community and would encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org