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Police watched drugs haul handed over, court is told

TWO men caught with £300,000 of drugs have received a total of seven years imprisonment.

TWO men caught with £300,000 of drugs have received a total of seven years imprisonment.

Belfast Crown Court heard that 28-year-old Philip Lesley Colville from Glencairn Pass, Belfast and 57-year-old William John Millar from Lettercreeve, Ballymena, were caught with the drugs on Boucher Link in November last year.

A prosecution lawyer told the court that police had been watching as a lorry being driven by Millar met up with a Vauxhall Vectra driven by Colville.

They watched as both men got out of their vehicles and talked to each other and Colville seemed to have a conversation on his mobile phone.

Ms McColgan said that Millar went to his lorry and took out a black hold-all and gave it to Colville who put it in the boot of the Vectra.

The pair then separated and drove off only to be stopped a short time later.

When Colville's car was searched, officers found the black bag still in the boot with the drugs inside.

Millar was given a three-year prison term. Colville was given a two-and-a-half year prison term but will have to serve an 18-month suspended sentence first.

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