Drug couriers ‘must be 

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A judge has said that drug couriers are an ‘essential part of a drugs operation’ and they ‘must be deterred’.

Judge Philip Babington made the comment as 42-year-old Richard Callaghan appeared in the city’s crown court for drugs offences.

Callaghan, of Rathmore Crescent, was jailed for two years and eight months for being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis.

The court heard he was found in possession of £130,000 worth of drugs following a police investigation.

He got involved in the ‘crazy escapade’ in an effort to pay off drug debts.

Welcoming the sentence, Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from PSNI Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: ‘This sentence is the result of a substantial proactive investigation. Others have yet to come before the courts but the message from this sentence is clear: all those involved in the supply chain of large quantities of controlled drugs can expect to go to prison when they are caught. Police will work to ensure Northern Ireland remains a hostile environment for those who seek to benefit in any way from peddling the misery of drugs.’