'To try and make up for it they sent him into Belfast with the heroin up his a**e to make up for what was lost'
Daniel Valliday, pictured for the first time, was jailed last week for 16 months at Belfast Crown Court with half the term to be served behind bars and the other half on licence.
The 33-year-old father-of-one, from Rathkyle in Antrim, appeared via a videolink with Maghaberry Prison, where he was sentenced for possessing heroin with intent to supply, and possessing Diazepam tablets.
But we can reveal Valliday, described in court as a “low-level dealer”, was selling the drug for a notorious heroin boss as payback for a lost stash.
In fact sources have told the Sunday World that Daniel Valliday, who has almost 50 previous convictions, suffered a severe beating at the hands of the Mr Big heroin supplier, who we can’t name for legal reasons.
“Daniel got battered by (named removed) and another senior member of the gang because his house was raided by the cops and a large amount of drugs were discovered,” said a source.
“For whatever reason Daniel got the blame and they gave him a doing. To try and make up for it they sent him into Belfast with the heroin up his a**e as a straightener to make up for what was lost.
“He’s trapped in a cycle with this drugs gang and he can’t get out of it. It’s very sad for him.”
And sources say he’s not the first young person to be used as ‘drug dealing fodder’ by the infamous gang – led by a notorious Belfast crime gang.
“They put another young lad out of Antrim who had been part of their gang over an unpaid drug debt,” said the source.
“They get these desperate young kids to do all the dirty work and then if they get caught or get into debt they just toss them aside.”
Belfast Crown Court heard last week how when Daniel Valliday was stopped and searched by police on December 12 last year, he was found with 35 wraps of heroin which he had concealed in his rectal area.
As he imposed a 16-month sentence, which was divided equally between prison and licence, Judge Patrick Kinney said: “I accept that this defendant is at the bottom of a drug-dealing hierarchy.
“Nevertheless, he made Class A drugs available to others and was an essential part of the supply chain.
“Without people like the defendant, it would be considerably harder for those criminal elements further up the drugs chain to operate.
“His actions have fostered the circulation of serious drugs, with all the potential consequences for society that such circulation inevitably brings.”
Valliday was arrested after officers observed him engaging in drug dealing in the city centre, and when stopped he was found to have 35 wraps concealed on his person.
As well as 7.52 grams of heroin, officers also found 14 Diazepam tablets in his pocket.
During an interview, Valliday admitted he was a drug addict and had been supplying heroin to fund his own addictions.
Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said his client had abstained from drugs for a number of years, but relapsed when he suffered the double tragedy of the deaths of his cousin and close friend.
Judge Kinney said he accepted Valliday was a “low-level street dealer” - but pointed out he was arrested six days before the incident in Belfast for dealing Class C drugs.
The Judge also said that after reading various reports, it was clear Valliday started abusing drugs in his early teens.
Also noted was Valliday’s criminal record for 47 previous convictions, and the fact he has spend a large portion of his adult life in custody.
Judge Kinney said the custody threshold was passed and imposed the 16-month sentence.