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Drug case man 'won money at bookies'

By Alan Erwin

An alleged drugs importer accused of financing a major consignment of cocaine won his money in football bets, the High Court has heard.

Counsel for Martin Young said he earned more than £100,000 through gambling before he was arrested as part of a police operation on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Police seized 1.5 kilos of cocaine after stopping a car driven by a co-accused near Newry, Co Down, last November.

Young (38), of Areema Drive, Dunmurry, Belfast, faces charges of importing, possessing and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs with a street value of £100,000.

He was refused bail due to the risk of any further offences.

Young is one of five men allegedly linked to the plot to smuggle cocaine from England.

Weeks before the drugs were seized he had withdrawn £34,000 in cash from his bank account to pay for drugs, according to prosecution barrister Conor Maguire.

Defence barrister Barry Gibson told the court his client knew the alleged supplier in Liverpool through arranging trips over to watch football matches in the city.

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