Man jailed for £1m bin bags drugs haul

Published Tuesday, 04 February 2014
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A man caught outside Belfast with £1m of cannabis in black bin bags has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Man jailed for £1m bin bags drugs haul
Tyrie was stopped in his vehicle at Hillsborough roundabout in January 2013. (© Pacemaker)

Police said the seizure was the largest of its type in Northern Ireland for five years.

The 210 kilos of cannabis resin were found inside black bin bags when a people carrier owned by Matthew Tyrie, 50, was stopped in January last year at the Hillsborough roundabout as he headed south on the A1 Belfast to Newry carriageway.

Tyrie, of Knockleigh Walk, Greenisland, Co Antrim, was convicted by a jury at Craigavon Crown Court in December.

He will spend three years in jail and three on licence.

A serious crime prevention order was also imposed and will run for five years after he is released from prison.

Detectives from the Organised Crime Branch believe him to be a member of a crime gang. Tyrie's vehicle is to be sold with the proceedings going to charity.

The seizure was the largest in Northern Ireland last year of any controlled drug, both in weight and in value.

Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, Head of Organised Crime Branch, said: "We are delighted to have taken £1 million worth of drugs out of circulation and we welcome the conviction and subsequent sentencing.

"We have taken a substantial quantity of drugs off the street and have made our communities safer. We will continue to work to frustrate, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups. We ask for continued support and information from the public so that we can make the world a smaller place for drug dealers."

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