Officers acknowledge the sentence handed down to two men at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday (19th May)

  • 20 May 2022

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Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) acknowledge the sentence handed down to Patrick Kearney and Alan Simpson at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 19th May.

Kearney, aged 31, was sentenced to one year for drug dealing and possessing criminal property – six months to be served in custody and six months on licence.

Simpson, aged 36, was sentenced to one year for drug dealing and transferring criminal property - suspended for one year and six months.

In September 2020 police carried out searches of properties and a vehicle in Belfast and Crumlin as part of an investigation into suspected criminality.

Detective Inspector Maguire said: "Partners within the PCTF remain committed to tackling the organised criminality of those who hide under the banner of a paramilitary organisation.

“We will continue to pursue those who cause real harm to their own communities through the distribution and supply of illicit drugs.

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

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