£5k of cocaine and jewellery found in raid at Goof’s home
Deposed UDA cocaine dealer Gary ‘Goof’ Coleman had his engagement plans scuppered after cops seized the £3,000 gold ring he had just bought during a recent drugs raid on his flat.
The detail emerged during a high court bail application last week, which also heard that £5,000 worth of suspected cocaine was found in his Belfast city centre property.
The 28-year-old’s apartment in Margarita Plaza on Adelaide Street was raided on June 23 in a joint operation between the PSNI and officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF).
Objecting to Coleman being released on bail, a barrister for the Crown told Mr Justice Gerald Simpson QC when the cops arrived they found him in bed.
A search of the kitchen uncovered 100 grams of white powder divided into deal bags in a cupboard, which police believe were ready to be sold.
A field test returned a positive result for cocaine with an estimated street value of £5,000.
A small set of scales with traces of white powder was also found along with 44 pregablin tablets, commonly sold under the brand name Lyrica.
Officers also uncovered six bottles of alcohol, two pairs of designer shirts and trousers along with two electric razors, all of which still had shop security tags attached.
The alcohol was valued between £150 and £200 and the razors at somewhere between £90 and £180. The value of the clothing is unknown.
The barrister for the Crown said police believe the items were given to Coleman as payment for drugs.
A search of Coleman’s bedroom uncovered a white gold ring which had been purchased the day before using £3,000 in cash.
A Hugo Boss watch worth £249 and another bright gold coloured ring were also found in the room.
The barrister explained that Coleman had been living as the sole tenant of the flat for the last three months and there was no other name on the rental agreement.
After a no comment interview he was charged with possession of class A and C drugs, possession of the same drugs with intent to supply, handling stolen goods, possession of criminal property and converting criminal property.
Objecting to him being released, the lawyer said he had a significant record for drugs offences and may flee Northern Ireland if freed.
Coleman’s barrister told the court he is unlikely to leave Northern Ireland as he has family ties to the north Belfast area and was planning to propose to his partner of 14 years with the white gold ring that was seized. Refusing bail, Mr Justice Simpson said Coleman appeared to be living with the trappings of drug dealing and was not satisfied he would abide by bail conditions given his record.
Coleman and his brother David ‘Dee’ Coleman were senior members of the West Belfast UDA’s C Company based in the Shankill estate.
The drug dealing racket they headed up raked in more than £20,000 a week for the gang.
But the pair were stood down in November 2019 and ordered to pay £10,000 each or face a kneecapping.
It came after Dee was blamed for leaking information which led to a raid on the home of leading West Belfast UDA man Mo Courtney, which he denied..
The leadership held the convicted blackmailer responsible after it refused to allow him to return as second-in-command of C Company following his release from jail earlier that year.
In a previous version of this article we incorrectly stated that leading loyalist Jim Spence's home had quite recently been raided by police. Through his legal representative Mr Spence has advised that his home has not been raided in more than 20 years and he is not involved in the dispute referred to in the story. We are happy to set the record straight.