Two guilty over west Belfast heroin bust after tip-off
A west Belfast man was caught with bags of heroin after he and a co-accused were stopped by police following a tip-off, a court heard.
Stephen Martin Kevin Bolton (24), of Monagh Drive, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing the class A drug almost two years ago.
A charge of possessing the heroin with intent to supply was left on the books and not to be proceeded with without the leave of the Crown Court or the Court of Appeal.
Belfast Crown Court heard that on September 1, 2012, police received a report of two men acting suspiciously in Belfast city centre. Bolton was found to have a small bag of heroin on him and he was arrested at the scene.
Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC was told that a further bag of heroin was found on Bolton when he was taken to a police station for interview.
Bolton will be sentenced next month and was released on continuing bail.
Co-accused Gerard John Joseph McCleave (52), whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing class B and class C drugs. During a search of his home, 7.58 grams of cannabis resin and one gram of herbal cannabis were found. A total of 49 green tablets were found in a small mesh bag. On anaylysis they were found to be anabolic steroids.
Judge Philpott QC sentenced McCleave to four months concurrent on each of the three drug charges but suspended the sentence for three years.