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Man jailed for selling heroin in undercover police sting

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 12/05/2015

A man who was involved in supplying heroin to undercover police posing as drug users has been jailed for 21 months
A man who was involved in supplying heroin to undercover police posing as drug users has been jailed for 21 months

A man who was involved in supplying heroin to undercover police posing as drug users has been jailed for 21 months.

Ciaran Gerard Toner (36), a father-of-one from King Street, was told he will spend a further 21 months on licence upon his release, after he admitted a string of drugs offences.

Also appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court was his former girlfriend Fionnuala Braniff, who also admitted supplying the Class A drug to the undercover officers on several occasions last January and February.

The court heard the 26-year-old mother-of-one, from New Barnsley Drive in Belfast, did not gain financially from her role but was doing it "simply to fund her own habit". Judge Gordon Kerr QC handed her an 18-month sentence, which was deferred for six months.

At a previous hearing, a Crown prosecutor said a police operation was launched in a bid to investigate the illegal supply of heroin on a street level in Belfast.

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