Two men from Donegal have been handed prison sentences after pleading guilty to a number of cross border drugs offences.

Desmond Enfield (34) of Ramelton and Seamus Boyce (38) of Letterkenny, were sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court today along with their co-defendants, Kieran Austin (61) from Lurgan and Darren Donnelly (33) of Sixmilecross, Omagh.

Desmond Enfield was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment – 12 months to be served in prison and 12 months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order issued for a Audi vehicle.

Seamus Boyce was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment – eight months to be served in prison and eight months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order for a Ford vehicle.

Today’s sentencing brings to a close a joint investigation between the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit and An Garda Siochana, into the importation and supply of controlled drugs.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure, of PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, said: “On April 22, 2016 officers searched three vehicles in a layby at Derrymacash Road, Lurgan. In one of the vehicles, officers uncovered herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of £300,000 in 15 vacuum packed plastic bags in the back of one of the vehicles.

“The three male occupants - Desmond Enfield, Seamus Boyce and Kieran Austin – were arrested at the scene as they were caught in the act of supplying £300k of herbal cannabis.

“Further enquiries by the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit resulted in significant evidence which proved the involvement of HGV driver Darren Donnelly in this drugs ganga. All four have now been sentenced for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry/Londonderry and County Donegal areas.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance provided by our partners in An Garda Siochana who worked closely with us in this cross-border proactive investigation. This organised crime gang were supplying large quantities of controlled drugs into the Derry/Londonderry and Donegal areas which had the potential to cause significant harm.”

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