TWO men were warned today (Friday) by a judge that they faced ‘substantial custodial sentences’ over a lucrative drugs racket which involved the use of the internet’s ‘dark web’.
Richard Charles Patrick Sinclair (32), of Cranagh Road, Coleraine used a bedroom in his grandmother’s house to buy drugs over the internet from Holland using the online currency ‘bitcoins’ and then distributed them to customers inside DVD cases.
Kyle James Hall used his Chamberlain Street home in east Belfast to run his own similar online drugs distribution network.
Sinclair pleaded guilty to possesing Class A drugs with intent to supply, importing a Class A drug, being concerned in the supply of Class A, Class B and Class C drugs, and converting criminal property.
Hall pleaded guilty to possessing Class A, Class B and Class C drugs with intent to supply, attempted supply of Class A drugs and possessing criminal property.
A third co-accused,