Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 April 2015

Cannabis smuggling accused denied bail

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with what a magistrate described as a "sophisticated and organised" drug smuggling operation between China and Northern Ireland.

Jianren Yu, from Castlereagh Street in Belfast, was charged with having £130,000 of cannabis on June 30 with intent to supply.

The charges relate to the delivery of a package to the home Yu, a Chinese national, shares with his wife and five-year-old child.

Police objected to bail at Belfast Magistrates Court saying that Yu had tried to interfere with the PSNI investigation.

A detective said Mr Yu was at least a facilitator, if not the director, of the importation of the drugs and there was a chance he could flee the country if freed on bail.

Yu's solicitor said his client believed the package contained cigarettes and clothes.

The court heard there had been numerous similar packages delivered to Northern Ireland.

Yu was remanded in custody by magistrate Fiona Bagnall until August 1.

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