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Alleged cocaine mule 'hid drugs internally'

Half of a potential £100,000 haul of cocaine allegedly shipped into Northern Ireland from England was hidden internally by a female suspect, the High Court has heard.

The package was close to bursting inside her by the time medical staff removed it following a police raid in Antrim, prosecutors revealed.

It was claimed the woman had been used as a mule in a plot involving the drugs being brought over on the ferry from Liverpool.

Details emerged as the man alleged to have been the Northern Irish link to the suspected racket applied for bail.

William Gracey (36), of Millhouse Gardens, Antrim, faces charges of possessing class A drugs and possession with intent to supply.

He was arrested and charged along with two other men and a woman after police swooped on a house in the town's Greystone area at the end of August.

A fourth man was subsequently detained and charged. Apart from Gracey, all of the other suspects are from Liverpool. It was alleged that they all travelled with him on the ferry before going on to the house where the drugs were found.

The court heard that one package was discovered in the property and a second hidden inside the 42-year-old woman.

Prosecution counsel Kate McKay said: "Police understanding from the evidence is that Gracey was the Northern Ireland person who organised this."

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