Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone dealer sold heroin to undercover drug officers

By John Cassidy

A Co Tyrone drug dealer has been jailed for a year after he was caught selling heroin to undercover police officers.

Damien James Mullen (46) was the 20th person sentenced as part of the covert PSNI operation against the illegal sale of the class A drug in Belfast city centre.

Mullen, of Emerson Terrace, Sion Mills, was described in court as a "drug mule" for his cousin who was selling wraps of heroin out of her house in the Botanic area of south Belfast.

He pleaded to possession of £25 heroin wraps on seven dates on dates between December 17, 2013 and February 7, 2014.

Belfast Crown Court heard Mullen was arrested as part of an undercover PSNI operation.

Prosecutor Robin Steer said the two officers posed as heroin users in a bid to make "test purchases''.

Judge Kerr QC said Mullen was "caught red-handed, selling these drugs to feed your addiction".

The judge sentenced Mullen to two years, saying half would be spent in custody and the remaining 12 months on supervised licence after his release. He ordered the destruction of the drugs.

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