‘Untouchable’ drug dealer jailed
Thursday, 9 March 2017
POLICE have welcomed the jailing of a major drugs dealer in Coleraine, after officers seized almost £900,000 worth of drugs in a planned operation more than four years ago.
Detectives described Mark Dunford of Balylagan Lane, as a major figure in the illegal drugs trade in the area.
Dunford (41), who had been behind bars for seven months, was last week sentenced to an additional four and a half years, half of which will be spent in custody and the other half on licence after admitting supplying amphetamines.
The judge at Dungannon Crown Court also made a confiscation order of £90,000 or an additional five years in jail.
He had been on the run in Spain after failing to turn up for a sentencing hearing in 2015.
His sentencing, along with two other defendants, was the culmination of an intelligence-led, proactive operation by detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch into an organised crime group involved in the supply of large quantities of class A and B drugs in the Ballymena and Coleraine areas.
On September 28, 2012, police stopped cars in Ballymena and Coleraine and searched a Transit van parked in Coleraine.
Officers uncovered 20 kilos of amphetamine and 300g of cocaine in the vehicles and 1,100 Ecstasy tablets in the garden of a house in Portglenone. The estimated potential street value of these class A and B drugs was £893,000.
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