Jail for spark turned dealer
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
A NEWRY electrician, who turned to dealing drugs to support his family after losing his job, was jailed for six months at Newry Crown Court on Wednesday.
Brian Morgan, (32) from Shandon Park ran an online drugs empire from his bedroom after racking up thousands of pounds of debt from payday loans when he lost his job.
Morgan, who has a partner and a young child, had a clear criminal record until he turned to the internet and began dealing drugs.
The court heard that from January 2011 to November 2012, Morgan bought and sold around £50,000 of ecstasy, speed, LSD, cannabis and mephedrone.
He ordered large quantities of drugs from a supplier in Amsterdam and then sold them on to other online dealers, making thousands of pounds of profit through the process.
Drugs were delivered to Morgan's home from the Netherlands in the post, however he was caught out when parcels of pills he sent to buyers were placed in the post.
Security staff at a Royal Mail sorting office became suspicious and the PSNI were called in - leading to a raid of Morgan's home in November 2012 and his subsequent arrest.
When his Shandon Park home and a property in Loughview Park were raided, Morgan immediately admitted his guilt. He told detectives he turned to dealing only to support his family after losing his job, and even showed detectives accounts and diary entries detailing the extent of his criminal activity.
Morgan was charged with 12 offences including importing Class A and B drugs, and possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply.
He was also charged with concealing over £7,000 of criminal property from the proceeds of drug dealing.
Defence said the case was "exceptional" describing Morgan as a reluctant dealer who had fully co-operated with police. Morgan was sentenced to six months in jail, followed by two years on licence.
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