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Belfast man jailed for buying 3,000 diazepam online

By Ashleigh McDonald

A father-of-three who ordered almost 3,000 diazepam tablets online from Pakistan is starting a nine-month prison sentence.

James Patrick Kearney (32), from New Barnsley Road in Belfast, was jailed after appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court yesterday on a charge of importing a class C drug on February 1, 2013.

The court heard that Kearney told a probation officer the drugs were for his own personal use.

Crown prosecutor Kate McKay said a parcel containing 2,980 tablets was intercepted by the UK Border Agency. The 5mg tablets had been bought online by Kearney and the parcel was intercepted by the authorities before it got to an address in Belfast.

Mrs McKay told the court Kearney had made several calls on his mobile phone tracking the parcel as it made its way from Pakistan to the UK. These calls made from his own phone, the prosecutor said, displayed "a certain lack of sophistication" on Kearney's part.

Defence barrister Martin Morgan branded his client's offending "amateurish" and said: "This is someone who on the internet saw how these drugs are easily located and purchased. There is nothing more sinister than that."

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