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Alleged dealer 'sold heroin to police in Belfast'

By Alan Erwin

An alleged heroin dealer told undercover police officers in Belfast to ignore the "Russian stuff" and buy from him, the High Court has heard.

Francis Notarantonio sold the Class A drugs to officers posing as users three times in a week, prosecutors claimed.

The 31-year-old, of Elgin Street in the city, faces 16 charges including dealing heroin, acquiring criminal property, and having a stun gun.

Notarantonio was arrested in April after he made contact with two undercover officers on Botanic Avenue in Belfast in January, a bail application hearing was told.

The accused later sent a text saying he had "nice stuff" if the officers were looking for it, she alleged.

Wraps of heroin were then sold for £25 each on three separate dates, the court heard.

He also told the officers "that the Russian stuff was not good", a prosecutor said.

The hearing was adjourned for medical evidence about his efforts to get treatment.

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