'Greedy' businessman to be jailed for drugs in toys
A greedy businessman out to make a "quick profit" from drug smuggling was warned that the "only prospect" he now faces is a "lengthy and substantial custodial sentence".
The warning to 33-year-old father-of-two Kristopher Darren Scott came from Judge Patricia Smyth as she adjourned his case for review until Thursday.
Belfast Crown Court heard that Scott from Frosses Road, Dunloy, stood to make between £90,000 and more than £200,000 from the smuggled Chinese drugs.
The court also heard that Scott, who admitted the single count of illegal drug importation, had shown genuine remorse for the crime.
Prosecution lawyer Robin Steer said the Class B drug, Methylethycathinone, was uncovered in a consignment of children's toys destined for Scott's KSL Toys company in November 2013. In all, 24kgs of the drug were found wrapped in silver packaging.
Mr Speer called for a sentence with a starting point of up to eight years' imprisonment.