Man Sentenced For Possessing Almost £1m Of Cocaine

A man has been sentenced to 40 months for possessing almost £1 million worth of cocaine.

Mark Officer, 41, from Glenbyrn Drive, admitted having the drugs worth £944,820.

Officer was a passenger in a car stopped by police on the Westlink in December 2013.
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During a search of a house in Tyne Street in the Shankill area, police uncovered the drugs along with a hydraulic press, mixing tools, bulking agent, electronic scales and rubber gloves.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure said: "We are delighted to have taken almost £1 million worth of cocaine off the streets. We are determined to remove these dangerous substances so that they do not cause harm in communities and do not provide income to criminals."

He was sentenced to serve 20 months in prison and a further 20 months on licence.


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