Men jailed over plot to supply cocaine

Cocaine (generic picture)
Cocaine (generic picture)

Two Belfast men were yesterday jailed for a total of three years and three months after police smashed a plot to supply cocaine.

William Joe Hunter, 26, of Island Street in the east of the city, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to possessing and concealing criminal property.

He further pleaded guilty to the attempted possession of Class A drug cocaine with intent to supply and also possession of cannabis resin.

Cleaning services company owner Barry Thompson, 31, of Limestone Road in north Belfast, pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property, namely £900 in cash.

He also pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

Judge McFarland sentenced Hunter to 32 months, with one year and four months in custody and the remaining 16 months on licence.

The Belfast Recorder sentenced Thompson to 28 months, with 14 months in custody and the remainder on licence following his release.

The judge also activated a nine-month suspended prison sentence which he said was to run consecutively to Thompson’s 28-month sentence.