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Father of driver charged over £1m drugs plot hands over deeds as bail

The father of a lorry driver charged over a suspected £1m cannabis seizure has put up the deeds to the family home to secure his bail.

A High Court judge ordered the security for a man accused of being part of an alleged plot to import drugs into Northern Ireland.

Warren Martin was arrested with another man during a police operation in north Belfast last Thursday.

The 36-year-old, of Ballygonney Road West, Moneymore, Co Londonderry, denies charges including possession of herbal cannabis with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

Both suspects were detained after police stopped a Volkswagen Passat and an HGV lorry at Duncrue industrial estate.

The lorry, driven by Mr Martin, had arrived on a ferry from Stranraer, the court heard.

Searches of the car uncovered 25 packages of suspected herbal cannabis, each weighing about 1kg. Four boxes contained a total of 20kg of suspected herbal cannabis were found in the lorry.

A defence lawyer said Mr Martin's father was prepared to lodge the deeds to the family's home in Moneymore to secure his release.

Granting bail, the judge ordered a £50,000 surety to be handed over, with the deeds to be lodged as a security against that amount.

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