Three men who admitted involvement with 2.14 kilos of 80 per cent pure cocaine were yesterday jailed for a total of 16 years.
Jailing 30-year-old Philip Devlin and Christoper Overend, 23, for five years and handing a six-year term to Nigerian Abiodun Dahunsi, 36, at Belfast Crown Court, Judge David McFarland told the trio that while their involvement had been in the “lowest category” they had been couriers for a “substantial quantity” of drugs hidden in packages of Black and Decker batteries sent from Mexico – and that “had these drugs been released into the community, there would have been a severe impact on the lives of drug users, their families and society generally”.
Belfast men Devlin, from the Antrim Road, and Overend, from Hillman Street, had admitted possessing class A cocaine with intent to supply on May 8 last year while Dahunsi, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess the cocaine with intent. Defence lawyers submitted that none of the trio knew the full extent of the drugs and had expressed remorse for getting involved.
The trio were ordered to serve half their sentences in jail and half on licence.