Belfast drug dealer Sean Rosbotham detected in sting on sale of fake goods
A Belfast man was caught dealing drugs to friends by police who were taking part in an undercover probe into the sale of counterfeit goods through Facebook at the time.
Sean Rosbotham (40), of Kinnaird Terrace, pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing and selling counterfeit goods.
He further admitted possessing and dealing cannabis resin as well as possessing the prescription drug Lyrica with intent to supply.
Belfast Crown Court heard that in December 2016 police discovered that a page had been set up on Facebook called 'Bargains For You' which was selling counterfeit goods such as clothing, boots and perfume using the brand trademark names of Hugo Boss and Yves Saint Laurent.
Prosecution lawyer Gareth Purvis told the court that a police officer went undercover to "masquerade as a potential buyer'' and met Rosbotham in the car park of a KFC fast food outlet in Belfast.
Judge Paul Ramsey QC heard that the covert officer bought six counterfeit items valued at £130 from Rosbotham.
Police then recovered counterfeit items to the value of just over £5,000 and a small amount of cannabis in his flat.
Rosbotham's mobile phone revealed details of £25 drug deals and text messages showed he was supplying the prescription drug Lyrica.
A defence lawyer said Rosbotham's life took a downward spiral following the death of his father.
Judge Ramsey said the custody threshold had been passed, but added there had been no repeat offending by Rosbotham since his detection.
The judge imposed a 15-month sentence suspended for two years on the drug charges and a further concurrent sentence of 12 months, also suspended, on the counterfeit offences