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Jail term for gun and drugs charge Belfast man welcomed by task force

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Cummings said:
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Cummings said: "We are pleased that this individual has been successfully prosecuted and now faces time behind bars" (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

The PSNI's Paramilitary Crime Task Force has welcomed the sentence handed down to a west Belfast man convicted of firearms and drugs offences.

John Neale (52), of Clonfaddan Street in Divis, was handed five years at Belfast Crown Court on Friday for having a gun in suspicious circumstances. He was given three concurrent years for possessing cocaine worth up to £40,000 with intent to supply.

Neale had 99 previous convictions, including for hijacking and robbery.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Cummings said: "We are pleased that this individual has been successfully prosecuted and now faces time behind bars. We are also thankful that we were able to find a dangerous firearm and illegal drugs and remove them from our streets."

Police found a Browning 9mm self-loading handgun in Neale's bedroom, and 744gs of cocaine in a coat after they arrested him on a separate matter.

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