Northern Ireland

Man jailed after drugs discovered by police dog

Police dog Jess who was used in the case
Police dog Jess who was used in the case

A MAN has been jailed after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Richard McGarrity (54) was sentenced at Belfast Crown Court and will spend 14 months in custody and 14 months on license.

He was arrested after cocaine, with an estimated value of approximately £14,000, was recovered during a search of a house in Bangor last March.

The search, and subsequent seizure, was carried out by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, as part of an investigation into the North Down Brigade of the UDA. The team enlisted the support of police dog Jess, who successfully located the drugs.

"Richard McGarrity unwisely got involved in drugs criminality and as a result is now in prison," a police spokesman said.