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Drugs accused was sightseeing in Co Fermanagh , court is told

By Alan Erwin

A Vietnamese man stopped in Co Fermanagh in a van with £43,000 worth of cannabis plants claims he was in the area sightseeing, the High Court has heard.

Police uncovered a suspected drugs-growing factory after detecting a smell coming from the vehicle during patrols on the Moorlough Road near Lisnaskea.

Xuan Nguyen and two other men - also from Vietnam - were arrested at the scene on October 22.

Nguyen (45) and with an address at Southbourne Road in London, denies charges of cultivating cannabis and possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.

During a renewed bail application the court heard he had been working at a Chinese takeaway in Belfast since arriving in Northern Ireland weeks previously.

The judge, Mr Justice Weir, ruled that Nguyen can be granted bail once his British passport is surrendered to police. His wife is to lodge a £5,000 cash surety as part of the release conditions.

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