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Prison for Belfast drug dealer who worked for east Belfast paramilitaries

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who admitted dealing drugs for east Belfast paramilitaries started a seven-month prison sentence yesterday.

James William Mills (34), from Willowfield Walk, Belfast, will spend another seven months on licence when he is released.

The city's Crown Court heard that at 1am on June 6 last year, a silver BMW which had been seen driving erratically in east Belfast hit two parked cars.

The driver failed to stop or report the collision, and a short time later the BMW was located on the Cregagh Road.

After Mills was found nearby with the keys in his hand, police searched the vehicle and found a bag of cannabis and a metal extendable baton.

Mills failed to give a breath sample at the scene, but a later test found he was twice the limit.

Officers also discovered 270 grams of cannabis stored in several bags at his home.

Prosecutor Kate McKay said Mills had admitted selling the drugs for paramilitaries, but was not a "major player"

As well as being jailed, Mills was fined £900 for the driving offences and banned from the roads for a year.

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