The ‘drug kingpin’ of Derry has been sentenced to 11 years jail.
Patrick Pearse O’Connor, of Outdated Fort, Strathfoyle, will serve half his sentence in jail with the rest on supervised licence following his launch from jail.
Six different members of the ‘organised crime gang’ supplying medication throughout the North West and the North of Eire obtained suspended sentences at Derry Crown Courtroom.
The 52-year-old ‘Mr Massive’ pleaded responsible to a sequence of offences..
In response to courtroom papers, these included changing felony property “which was cash within the sum of £405,211 by buying Rolex watches and jewelry, cash within the sum of £97,927 by buying vacation journey from a journey company in Armagh and cash to the sum of £31,622 by buying vacation journey from a journey company in Derry”.
He additionally admitted being concerned in a sequence of drug transactions together with one between January 2 and February 9 2017 the place a automotive was stopped and hashish and cocaine discovered with £700,000 price of cocaine.
O’Connor’ s spouse Misha O’Connor (41), of Stoneypath, in Derry additionally admitted a sequence of offences linked to the Proceeds of Crime.
Detective Inspector McKenna of the PSNI mentioned: “Patrick O’Connor was arrested as a part of Operation Sonny which started in 2016 and was a pro-active Organised Crime investigation in opposition to these concerned within the importation and distribution of unlawful managed medication in Northern Eire, and in addition for offences detected as a part of an operation investigating felony exercise utilizing Enchrochat.
“The PSNI is dedicated to each stopping harmful medication from ending up in native communities and pursuing these intent on destroying lives by the provision of illicit medication.
“Drug sellers search to make revenue on the expense of inflicting hurt and loss to native households within the metropolis.
“They got down to break the communities that they function in and they don’t care in regards to the injury that they trigger, preying on essentially the most susceptible members of their communities.
“We are going to proceed to robustly and proactively pursue those that are intent on damaging our communities by supplying unlawful medication and the communities most broken by the scourge of medicine help our ongoing efforts.
“I’d enchantment for anybody with data concerning the provision of unlawful medication to contact police on 101 or submit a report on-line utilizing our non-emergency reporting type through http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.
Alternatively, data will also be offered to the impartial charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% nameless and offers individuals the ability to talk up and cease crime.”
Mark Kelly (47) of Callenbridge Park, Co Armagh and Barry Fox (42), of Duna Park, Dungannon, Co Tyrone admitted their involvement in an incident within the Waterside space of Derry the place an change of money and hashish was noticed.
When one of many autos was stopped money valued at £10,470 was discovered and cellphone evaluation related the accused to the costs.
Kelly was given a 3 yr sentence suspended for 4 years whereas Fox obtained a 12 month sentence suspended for 2 years.
Misha O’Connor has handed a two yr sentence suspended for 3 years.
Benjamin Quinn (32) of Rossgier in Lifford, Co Donegal, admitted his involvement within the incident the place the £700,000 price of cocaine was seized and obtained a two yr sentence suspended for 2 years.
Blaine Curtis (35), from Croydon, England, pleaded responsible to creating a fee of £3,000 in opposition to the acquisition of a Rolex watch on O’Connor’s account in addition to buying two cellphones. He obtained a one yr sentence suspended for 2 years.
Kevin Cassidy (49), of Woodbrook, Derry, pleaded responsible to being concerned in passing data to a driver concerned within the motion of felony property. He additionally obtained a one yr sentence suspended for 2 years.
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