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on probation Cocaine fiend posts over £1.4k to dealer in England in DVD case

David Storey told a court how he had wanted to avoid having to bypass paramilitary organisations here when buying his drugs.

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Addicted: David Storey admitted he takes cocaine several times a day

Addicted: David Storey admitted he takes cocaine several times a day

Addicted: David Storey admitted he takes cocaine several times a day

This is the cocaine fiend who stuffed a DVD box with over £1,400 and posted it to a dealer in England because he wanted ‘better quality’ coke.

David Storey told a court how he had wanted to avoid having to bypass paramilitary organisations here when buying his drugs.

It emerged 47-year-old Storey, from Firmount Drive in Antrim, was caught trying to buy an ounce of cocaine from a dealer in England.

But this week a judge left his ‘mark’ on the professional tattoo artist when he ordered the full amount of cash destined for an English dealer be donated to charity.

And we can reveal someone had already ‘got the needle’ with the tattooist after his BMW car was set alight in August 2019.

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Targeted: Storey’s BMW before it was set alight

Targeted: Storey’s BMW before it was set alight

Targeted: Storey’s BMW before it was set alight

His partner posted a dramatic picture of the blaze on social media with the message: “Low life scumbags, hardmen don’t run or do yous, stand ur ground wimps # Antrim a very small town.”

After cops swooped on his home he’s since engaged with addiction therapy, Antrim Magistrates Court was told.

Cops were called in by the post office who raised suspicions about the package he’d attempted to post.

In total £1,450 was stuffed into the empty DVD box which had been placed inside a padded envelope he’d just bought from the same shop.

But the dopey druggie gave the game away when he wrote on the front of the envelope the revealing message, ‘£1,450’ and ‘1 ounce’.

When cops called to his house, they found a stash of cocaine worth £1,200.

Suspicious

This week he pleaded guilty to attempting to possess cocaine on October 19 2020 and also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis.

The defendant appeared before the court via video link from his solicitor’s office.

A prosecutor said police attended a post office at Greystone in Antrim following a report of a “suspicious package” being sent by the defendant.

The prosecutor said staff opened the padded envelope in the presence of police and it contained a vacuum-packed envelope containing cash.

Police seized the package and arrested him at his home where they also found 22.3 grammes of cocaine with a street value of “£1,200” in a bag in his pocket and also a small amount of cannabis.

When interviewed, Storey accepted he had been in the post office to post a package of money and had bought a padded envelope to post the cash which was going to go inside a DVD box.

He told police he was posting the money to pay for cocaine, saying he was addicted to the drug and that cocaine “over here is poor quality so he was obtaining some from England”.

The defendant said he had been in touch with a “dealer through a chat site” and said it was £1,450 for one ounce of cocaine and he had bought from the person before.

Storey told police he worked as a tattooist and had a “steady source of income” but he also borrowed money from a credit union to buy the drug.

He told police he was dependent on cocaine and used it “multiple times a day”.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said Storey was “particularly fortunate” that the matter was not before the Crown Court.

He said his client “doesn’t wish to deal with drug dealers in Northern Ireland because drug dealers in Northern Ireland tend to have links to other organisations; there are threats with that.”

The lawyer said Storey told police the quality of drugs in Northern Ireland was “significantly interfered with”.

Mr Moore said buying drugs online to order was a growing practice. “Unfortunately this is becoming all too prevalent where people in Northern Ireland are actually buying drugs off the internet,” he told Antrim Magistrates Court.

Mr Moore said another unrelated case at Antrim Crown Court concerned the purchase of cannabis “from England” involving the movement of £46,000 in cash over a year.

He said: “There is nothing complex about what they are doing. They are sending money via the post – not even using WhatsApp or PayPal or anything like that – they are sending cash in the post and are getting drugs back in the post.”

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he was persuaded that the better sentence was probation with a condition that Storey gets drugs counselling, as, if the addiction is not dealt with, there was a risk of reoffending.

Storey was put on probation for a year and the court ordered that the £1,450 be given by police to a charity.

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