This is the single mother of three who narrowly got away with going to jail for running a one-stop drug store with her brother.
ocaine and cannabis dealer Nicola Jameson were told by a judge that the only reason she wasn’t jailed was to look after their young children.
Instead, she was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence with a three-year suspended sentence for her involvement in the online drug operation the couple carried out through WhatsApp.
But her 28-year-old brother Mark – named in court as the head of the operation – was not so lucky after being sentenced to 44 months in prison and telling him he would spend half that time behind bars.
This week Nicola Jameson told Sunday World that she was “extremely relieved” not to have been arrested.
“I’m just glad it’s over and I won’t leave my boys,” she told us politely. “I was really worried about going to jail – I thought I was. I know I am very lucky.
“Mark has been in custody most of the time, so he should be home soon.”
When asked how she was involved in the hard drug trafficking, the 34-year-old from Gainsborough Drive in north Belfast said, “I’m not going to get involved. But I regret it and I’m done. It’s over.”
In sentencing the siblings on Antrim Crown Court, Judge Neill Rafferty QC Nicola said the fact that she “worked with social services, self-rehabilitated and is the sole breadwinner for three children saved you from jail”.
“You are well advised to take this opportunity to stay with your children and avoid trouble,” warned the judge.
At an earlier hearing, Seaview Drive’s Mark Jameson confessed to charges of criminal property and 12 drug offenses, including promoting medical products for sale, possession, delivery, and offering to deliver Class A, B, and Drugs C on dates between January 9 and February 15, 2019.
His sister also admitted to possessing criminal property and eight drug offenses, including delivering Class A, B, and C drugs and attempting to possess medical products.
During his presentation of the conviction, Judge Rafferty summed up the case and outlined how the crimes came about after a search of Mr. Jameson’s former address on Forthriver Drive on February 4, 2019, when police officers found Class C cannabis herb and cannabis resin, Class A drugs Cocaine and Etizolam tablets were confiscated. a prescription drug that is also a Class C drug.
Police also confiscated 470 pounds of cash “undoubtedly the proceeds of crime,” 160 grams of benzocaine, a commonly used cutting agent used in bottling cocaine, and paraphernalia for drug trafficking, including bags, scales and a blender of white Powder.
Nicolas’ former home in Ashfield Gardens was also searched, where officers found more Etizolam tablets, £ 250 cash and half a kilo of benzocaine.
The judge said two packages of Etizolam tablets and pregabalin, also a Class C prescription pain reliever, one for Mr Jameson and the other for his sister, were intercepted by Royal Mail during the police investigation.
Meanwhile, checks of their phones and bank accounts revealed that “both of the defendants were actually running an online one-stop shop for a huge range of illicit substances, including Class A cocaine, through WhatsApp and social media,” Judge Rafferty said, adding despite in many drug cases it was “an education to read the WhatsApp group messages”.
He told the court that although both were “actively” involved, he was pleased that Mark Jameson, who appeared from prison via video link, was in charge of the operation and used his car to deliver the drugs, his sister one “Subordinate role” played. in the criminal company.
“I am pleased that there was a wide variety of drugs, this was a one-stop shop, and there was an active and ongoing drug trade,” said Judge Rafferty.
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