A businessman jailed for rape this week has ties to a gang that has made a fortune selling drugs to the “middle-class cocaine set,” it turns out.
Oat farmer Peter Spence, 61, has ties to a mob that has been running a drug delivery service for noble people for nearly 20 years.
But this week, when he was sentenced to six years in prison for rape, a judge told him he had shown “a complete lack of remorse” during his trial and also in interviews with police and probation officers.
A jury had heard that former DJ Spence raped a woman on November 21, 2019 after waking her from her sleep.
This week, Judge Mr. Justice O’Hara told Spence, “Drugs and alcohol have cost you a job and a relationship with your children.”
He ordered Spence – who has a long list of convictions – to serve half of his six-year sentence behind bars and the rest on licence. His name will be placed on the sex offender registry for life.
But it can be revealed that the man known as “Spencer” was linked to a drug gang based in the leafy suburbs of south Belfast.
The gang built a lucrative narcotics supply chain, selling cocaine and cannabis to middle-class gamblers.
And we can reveal that the drug operation is still ongoing, with two of Spence’s associates now in charge.
During the investigation into the drug outfit, his friends were photographed with a hidden camera splitting a bag of cocaine as they prepared for a night of drug dealing.
“Her picture proves that even with Spencer behind bars, there is still cocaine and cannabis for sale in south Belfast,” said an angry parent.
A former narcotics officer said: “The drug patch is just a few minutes’ drive from Malone and Stranmillis … and serves almost exclusively the middle-class coke market.
“Drugs are being bought on the Ormeau and customers are disappearing back into the shadows without anyone knowing,” the source said.
But last night the uncle of a university student who became addicted to cocaine supplied by Spencer’s men called on police to crack down on south Belfast street dealers.
“Everyone on Ormeau Road knows this is going on. But it was the relative ease with which my niece bought cocaine that shocked me,” he said.
“My niece quickly became addicted. It was so easy for her to buy it. She told me getting cocaine on Ormeau was like buying a bar of chocolate.
“Perhaps now that it has been exposed the police will surely step in to shut it down once and for all.”
It is understood that the PSNI has been inundated with intelligence reports linking Spence’s friends to the Ormeau Road drug scene.
The key dealers have previous convictions for drug possession. And Spence has a long criminal record, including one for drug-stealing while under the influence of alcohol.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/businessman-jailed-for-six-years-for-rape-is-linked-to-posh-cocaine-peddlers-41506252.html The businessman, who was sentenced to six years in prison for rape, is associated with posh cocaine dealers