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Man jailed after £20,000 worth of cannabis found stashed in martial arts dummy

A Londonderry man has been jailed after police found £20,000 worth of cannabis stashed in a martial arts training dummy in his back garden.

George Campbell (28), of Glendale Road, was sentenced for a series of drugs offences at Londonderry Crown Court on Wednesday.

He will serve 19 months in prison and 19 months on licence after pleading guilty to possessing a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply (herbal cannabis), possessing a Class A controlled drug (cocaine) and two counts of possessing criminal property (cash and jewellery).

Detectives from the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit searched his home on April 13, 2017, as part of an ongoing investigation into drugs and money laundering in the Londonderry and Armagh areas.

During the search three bin bags, each containing herbal cannabis, were found hidden in a training dummy in the back yard of the property. Police also discovered nine smaller bags of herbal cannabis, £1,280 in cash and a number of gold items of jewellery and a small quantity of cocaine inside the house.

The total value of the controlled drugs recovered is believed to have a street value of approximately £20,000.

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The total value of the controlled drugs recovered is believed to have a street value of approximately £20,000. Credit: PSNI

Detective Inspector Tom McClure said: “George Campbell has now been convicted for the part he has played in respect of an organised crime gang involved in drugs supply and money laundering in the Londonderry and Armagh areas.

“We will continue in our efforts to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live and work by proactively investigating and arresting people involved in serious criminality. T

"The supply of controlled drugs by gangs is the cause of significant harm in our communities. Those who involve themselves in such criminality should expect to end up in a prison cell.

"There is no place in our society for these individuals who are only interested in making money for their own personal gain at the expense of others. They do not care that their actions could end up killing people. Drugs not only affect the person taking them, their families and the community also suffer.

Eighteen people so far have been charged to court in connection with this investigation. Seven people have been sentenced and four others have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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