A man accused of being part of a plot to distribute £200,000 worth of drugs across Northern Ireland was granted bail amid suggestions the suspected gang of dealers could now be in disarray.
High Court judge Mr Justice O'Hara agreed to release Steve McBride after being told the alleged “main man” in the cocaine and amphetamines operation is behind bars.
But he banned the 26-year-old from leaving Limavady, where he will stay with a relative, so that police can monitor him.
McBride, of Foundry Court, Coleraine, faces charges of possessing class A and class B drugs with intent to supply.
He was arrested last September as part of a police investigation which also involved surveillance of a co-accused.
Mr Justice O'Hara ruled that McBride could be granted bail once his sister puts up a £7,500 cash surety.