Northern Ireland

Laurence McCallister and Kieran Murphy jailed over £750k drugs haul

Horse box
Image caption The drugs were found by police at Loch Ryan ferry port when they searched a lorry in April

Two men who tried to smuggle drugs worth £750,000 into Northern Ireland have been jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Scottish police found the drugs in a horsebox when they searched a lorry the pair were travelling in at Loch Ryan.

Laurence McCallister, a horse dealer from Kells in County Antrim, was sentenced to five and half years.

Kieran Murphy - an unemployed plasterer who lives in Rathfriland, County Down - was jailed for five years.

During their trial, the court in Kilmarnock heard the pair described as being "near the top of the drug dealing tree".

The court was told they were intending to board a ferry to Belfast when their vehicle was searched in April.

Dumfries and Galloway police found four large bags filled with cannabis resin between two occupied horse stalls in their lorry.

It had been divided into 25 one-kilo bags and had been covered with molasses to mask the smell.

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