Bust didn't halt heroin gang, High Court told
A Lithuanian gang allegedly supplying heroin on the streets of Belfast recruited replacement dealers as members were arrested, the High Court heard.
Even though police detained more than 20 suspects in a major undercover operation, a judge was told new sellers have been brought in to continue the drugs trade.
Details emerged as bail was refused to one alleged member accused of dealing to officers on four separate occasions.
Donatas Kiaulakis (30) faces a total of 16 charges including multiple counts of possessing and supplying heroin and acquiring criminal property.
Refusing bail, Mr Justice Gillen said: "That organised professional gangs should be involved in the supply of drugs in Northern Ireland is a frightening development."
Police targeted those suspected of involvement in distributing heroin during an operation earlier this year. Kiaulakis, with an address at Chobham Street in Belfast, is alleged to have sold to undercover officers on dates in January and February. CCTV footage forms part of the case.