Fugitive drug suspect is caught after leak at flat
An alleged drug dealer on the run for a year was only detained due to a water leak at his new flat, the High Court heard.
Gary McKeown led a “nomadic lifestyle” since fleeing police who stopped him in a car with £15,000 worth of cocaine and £3,000 in cash, a judge was told.
Further searches of a home he abandoned led to the discovery of 420 diazepam tablets and CS gas spray.
McKeown (26), of The Arc, Queen's Road, Belfast, faces charges of possessing class A and class C drugs with intent to supply, having a prohibited weapon and concealing criminal property.
He was refused bail.
The finds were made after his car was stopped for a minor traffic offence on Shore Road, Newtownabbey, in September 2011.
It was claimed that he ran off when cash and cocaine was found.
McKeown was said to have quit his former home in Jordanstown, leaving police unable to find him.
He was finally arrested after a leak at a flat in The Arc apartment complex last month. When the landlord accessed the flat more than £221,000 in cash, €955 and 5,000 ecstasy tablets were found.
McKeown has not been charged in relation to those finds as he was sharing the flat with two others.