£45k drugs haul suspect is remanded in custody
A man charged in connection with the seizure of £45,000 worth of cannabis resin in north Belfast has a £300 a week drug habit, a court heard.
Police also claimed Colin Pilson (48) was under the influence of cocaine when he surrendered himself to officers.
The father-of-two, from Forthriver Link in the city, was remanded in custody after being refused bail on a charge of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.
His arrest followed the recovery of the cannabis haul during searches of a house in the area on Tuesday.
Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, Pilson spoke only to confirm he understood the allegations against him.
Opposing bail, a detective claimed Pilson had taken drugs when he handed himself in hours after the seizure was made.
"He stated that he has a £300 a week cocaine habit which resulted in a drug debt," she told the court.