A north Belfast man who stored over £7,500 worth of amphetamines for a drug gang was yesterday jailed for nine months.
Dean Campbell (25) from Hallidays Road was told he will spend a further nine months on licence following his release from prison.
He pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamines with intent to supply and possession of diazepam tablets. Acting on an intelligence tip-off, Belfast Crown Court heard police carried out a search of a separate property where Campbell was staying at in November 2018.
PSNI officers uncovered 2.2kg of amphetamine powder in a number of rooms, six diazepam tablets and other drug-related paraphernalia, including scales and gloves.
Prosecution barrister Simon Jenkins said that during police interview, Campbell claimed the haul of amphetamines was for his "own personal use'', stating that he was addicted to "speed'' and was using 15 grammes of the Class B drug per day.
A defence barrister said the defendant, by his guilty pleas, was admitting that he was "essentially a storeman for others".
"He was minding the drugs...he was a cog in the machine but different from a street dealer," he said.
Saying an immediate custodial term of imprisonment was required to deter others, Judge Neil Rafferty QC said he took Campbell's personal mitigation into account but had to sentence him "for the thing he did when he was not so good".