Belfast chef jailed for transporting drugs haul 'regrets' role
A 64-year-old Chinese chef who admitted helping to transport a box of cannabis between two west Belfast streets was jailed yesterday for nine months at the city's Crown Court.
However, Lin Yang was later released, given time served on remand. Prosecution lawyer Philip Henry said it was accepted that Yang was not involved in the purchase of the four and a half kilos of herbal cannabis seized in a police raid on August 7, 2017.
However, he was involved in its distribution, although playing a subordinate role.
Defence QC Brian Macartney said Yang had got into financial difficulties because of gambling, was offered £100 to help move the drugs and "he accepted that offer, and it was of course a matter of extreme regret".
Judge Stephen Fowler QC was of the view he could pass a custodial sentence which would not require Yang's return to prison.
Yang, of Albert Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to possessing the Class C drug, with intent to supply.