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Three years jail for drug dealer

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/06/2002

A TEENAGE drugs dealer said by a judge to be "street-wise beyond his years" has been sentenced to three years detention.

A TEENAGE drugs dealer said by a judge to be "street-wise beyond his years" has been sentenced to three years detention.

Newry Crown Court heard yesterday that when police raided the youth's home last December cannabis resin and E-tablets with a street value of £30,000 were seized.

Judge Norman Lockie rejected a defence QC's submission that Wayne Donnan of Corgary Road, Newry, was a minor link in the drugs chain.

Donnan, who will be 19 on Monday, will also undertake a year's probation when released from the Young Offenders Centre.

Passing sentence Judge Lockie told Donnan he had been engaged in the drugs trade to a significant extent and was a user himself.

The judge commented that drugs were prevalent in pubs and clubs.

He said Donnan had refused to name his supplier. Three note books found in his possession had names, phone numbers and money owed.

Judge Lockie said accused had admitted selling tablets probably to young people at £5 each or discounted at £3.50 for quantity.

At an earlier hearing Donnan admitted six charges of possessing 2.3 kilogrammes of cannabis resin and 1372 ecstasy tablets and having the drugs with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty to a further charge of having a "ringed" Audi car worth £11,000 which he admitted buying for £600.

Prosecutor, David McCaughey said in addition to the drugs police found paraphernalia related to drug dealing.

Belfast Telegraph

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