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Belfast ecstasy tablet haul had fake MTV logo, court hears

Eight thousand suspected ecstasy tablets seized in Belfast all had MTV marked on them, a court has heard.

Police claimed the haul was ready for fast distribution, pointing out that the MTV Europe Music Awards are due to be held in the city early next month.

There is no suggestion whatsoever of the television station having any involvement with the drugs recovered.

Instead, it was alleged that a crime gang smuggled the consignment across the Irish border.

The suspected drugs have an estimated street value of £80,000.

Two men who appeared before Belfast Magistrate's Court in connection with the alleged plot were both remanded in custody.

Anthony Lowndes (24) from Grays Park in the city, and Frederick Moore (43) of Leven Park, Dundonald, are jointly charged with possession with intent to supply and importation of Class A drugs.

Lowndes is also accused of motoring offences, including taking his partner's car without authority.

The pair were arrested on Sunday after police stopped a vehicle at Stockman's Lane in Belfast.

Moore did not seek bail, but a police constable opposed Lowndes's application to be released.

Defence solicitor Pat Kelly stressed that Lowndes has admitted no wrongdoing over the drugs.

"He was driving his vehicle and didn't realise there was any criminality involved at all," he said.

However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused his bail application. Both men were remanded in custody to appear again by video-link next month.

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