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Three men jailed following drug seizure with estimated street value of £825,000

Three men from Cookstown have been jailed following drugs searches in 2020.

In Dungannon Crown Court, Luke Donaghy (27) was sentenced to four years with 21 months in custody and 27 on licence.

Andrew Farmer (29) received four-and-a-half years, with two in custody and the rest on licence.

Philip Carson (30) received three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Detective Inspector Shaw said: “Officers, who carried out a search of a property in the Cookstown area on 8 October 2020, uncovered a drugs-manufacturing factory.

They seized a quantity of Class A controlled drugs and Class B controlled drugs, as well as almost £8,000 in cash.

“The drug seizure, which included cocaine, had an estimated street value of £825,000.

“The three men within the property – Donaghy, Farmer and Carson – were arrested and subsequently charged with a number of offences, which included possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply. Carson was also arrested and charged with possession of criminal property.”

“These men were actively involved in the manufacture of harmful, illegal drugs and preparing them for distribution”

We’re grateful to local people for their support and would reiterate our ask for anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.”

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