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Cannabis accused: I only posted cheese here

By Alan Erwin

Published 09/02/2016

John Semple allegedly posted £60,000 worth of the drugs to Northern Ireland
John Semple allegedly posted £60,000 worth of the drugs to Northern Ireland

A Co Antrim man accused of importing consignments of cannabis during trips to Amsterdam claims he only sent back cheese, the High Court has heard.

John Semple allegedly posted £60,000 worth of the drugs to Northern Ireland.

He was arrested at Belfast International Airport on February 2 following a joint operation involving the PSNI and Dutch police.

Semple (37), of Ballycregagh Road, Clough, near Ballymena, is charged with two counts each of fraudulently importing class B drugs and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. He is further accused of converting criminal property. Bail was refused due to concerns he could potentially flee or offend.

Defence counsel Gavin Cairns argued that his client legitimately held two passports, and that his fingerprints were not found on packets containing the cannabis.

But despite the offer of a £5,000 cash surety from the accused's father, His Honour Judge Piers Grant refused bail.

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