Jailed for importing drugs

A man who imported drugs from Pakistan has been jailed for two and a half years.

Simon Kirk, of Henry Street in Derry, pleaded guilty to importing diazepam, being concerned in the supply of class C and class B drugs and simple possession of the drugs.

The offences were committed between December 21, 2010 and October 26, 2011.

Derry Crown Court heard police searched the 29-year-old’s address and found a ‘substantial quantity’ of drugs. In total, almost 1,700 diazepam tablets were discovered and 632 clorazapam and were imported from Pakistan.

Kirk was arrested and during interview claimed he only supplied the drugs to friends and did not make any profits.

However, when his phone was analysed 2,500 text messages were discovered relating to drug supply.

Passing sentence, Judge Piers Grant said it was clear the 29-year-old was “not only a habitual user but someone dealing in drugs on a commercial basis in order to make money”.

He must serve one year of his sentence in custody with a further 18 months on licence.