Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Two charged over £500,000 cannabis seizure

Two men appeared in court in Northern Ireland today charged with importing a huge cannabis haul.

Officers said they had discovered an estimated £500,000 worth of drugs at Portadown Road, Armagh, following a cross-border policing operation.

George Norman Boyd Courtney, 27, from Royal Court, Gracehill, Ballymena and Edward Bamber, 41, from Grange Avenue in the town spoke only to confirm their names during a brief hearing at Newry Magistrates' Court.

Courtney, arrested in Armagh, was also accused of conspiring to export cannabis on November 7 while Bamber, detained in Lisburn, faced six charges including possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and concealing criminal property.

Detective Constable Michael Lewis told District Judge Sarah Creanor he could connect the accused to the charges.

They were remanded in custody to reappear via video link on November 17 at Armagh Magistrates' Court.

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