Nigerian cocaine dealer is jailed at Belfast Crown Court
A "significant and perhaps even leading" player in the "pernicious" cocaine business has been jailed for four years and 10 months.
Nigerian George Njoku (33) was jailed at Belfast Crown Court for having 313 grammes of 50% pure cocaine. The man arrested with him, Ivan McAleer (45), walked free after his two-year term was suspended for two years.
Police are still hunting a third accused, Njoku's Ghanaian girlfriend Ida Joof who fled the country after she was granted bail.
Prosecuting lawyer Tessa Kitson told the court police tracked Njoku from his house on Lewis Avenue in east Belfast to a flat on the nearby Station Road.
After he collected McAleer in that area, police swooped on the car close to Park Avenue before Njoku threw a bundle of cash from the window. McAleer had to be forcibly removed from the passenger seat and officers spotted him dropping a package of white powder which turned out to be cocaine worth around £500.
Arrested and interviewed, both Njoku and McAleer, from Marlo Park in Bangor, denied having the drugs but later pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply on June 27, 2012. Njoku will also face confiscation proceedings for any ill-gotten gains and may be deported back to Nigeria.