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Three men sentenced for drugs & money laundering operation in Ballymena

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Three men were sentenced today, Wednesday 31st January, for offences linked to a drugs and money laundering operation in the Ballymena area

27 year old Troy Carley, 30 year old Neil Lowry and 32 year old Marc Mitchell were sentenced at Antrim Crown Court for a number of offences.

Mitchell, having already plead guilty, was sentenced to a 10 month custodial sentence suspended for three years after being complicit in the criminal enterprise acting as a ‘money mule’.

Carley was convicted in relation to Being Concerned in Supply of Class B Drug and was given a 10 months custodial sentence with a further 10 months on license after his release. Lowry was fined £400 in relation to possession of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said:

“This investigation relates to a sum of money being seized at Belfast International Airport in 2019. Nearly £35,000 was recovered from Mitchell, which commenced a large scale proactive policing operation linked to both drugs and money-laundering in the Ballymena area.

"Both Carley and Lowry were subsequently arrested for related offences following further enquiries and all three were charged to court.

“We continue to tackle all types of criminality impacting the local community and would encourage anyone with any information in relation to criminal activity, to contact police.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at 


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