Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) have acknowledged the sentence handed down to William Crozier at Downpatrick Crown Court today, Friday 24th March.

Crozier, aged 36, was sentenced to 28 months for possession of Class A controlled drugs with intent to supply, possession of Class B controlled drugs and possession of criminal property.

He will spend 14 months in custody and 14 months on licence.

In February 2022 police carried out searches at a house in the Carrickfergus area as part of an investigation into suspected criminality linked to South East Antrim UDA.

During the search, a quantity of suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs were recovered, along with a quantity of cash.

Commenting, Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “Today’s sentencing reflects our ongoing commitment to safeguarding local people.

“We will continue to work with communities and our partners in the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to disrupt those involved in such criminal activities and reduce the harm they cause in our communities.

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

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

The Paramilitary Crime Task Force is a multi-agency task force set up in Northern Ireland to protect communities by tackling all forms of criminality linked to paramilitarism.  It consists of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the National Crime Agency and HM Revenue & Customs.