A convicted murderer turned drug dealer was jailed on Friday for two years after he was caught supplying heroin to undercover police officers.
Belfast Crown Court heard that Lithuanian national Donatas Kiaulakis, 30, of Chobham Street in east Belfast, had only been in Northern Ireland a week when he was detected during a covert PSNI operation set up to tackle heroin dealers in the city.
Kiaulakis had pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying Class A heroin and one charge of supplying the Class B drug 4-MEC over a three-week period between January 13 and February 6, 2014.
Philip Henry, prosecuting, told the court: “This was an organised criminal gang supplying heroin.
“Undercover police officers placed orders for drugs and an arrangment was made to deliver them.
“The defendant was on four occasions the courier. He delivered the drugs to the customers,’’ added Mr Henry.
A defence barrister said Kiaulakis had arrived in Northern Ireland on January 6, 2014 and had been working on fishing boats on the north coast.
“However, he was drawn into this offending and ultimately detected in a very well planned and executed police operation. He didn’t hold any money or drugs. He was just a courier.’’
The lawyer told the court that Kiaulakis had been jailed in Lithuania for 11 years for a “one-punch’’ murder on a friend during a drunken row.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC sentenced the Lithuanian national to two years in prison, with half his sentence to be served in custody and the remainder to be spent on supervised licence on his release.