Lithuanian man Egious Sikys denied bail over cocaine haul
A Lithuanian man accused of being a high-ranking drug dealer has been refused bail after being charged with having 2.5kgs of allegedly 90% pure cocaine with an estimated value of £1.5 million.
Lisburn Magistrates Court was told that police raiding the house of Egious Sikys found the drugs in a Wellington boot and elsewhere.
Standing in the dock, the 31-year-old spoke only to confirm that he understood the charges.
The father-of-two, from Ballynahinch Road in Lisburn, is accused of possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possession of the class A drug and having a firearm under suspicious circumstances, all on September 16 bthis year.
A detective constable told the court he believed he could connect the forklift driver to the drugs and revealed that although by weight the drugs would be worth around £150,000, Sikys said the cocaine was 90% pure. If that was true, it could be cut up for a potential value of £1.5m.
The officer added that police searched Sikys's home and uncovered the drugs in a cupboard, a welly and amongst car cleaning products, adding that officers seized a BB rife, too.
He also told how Sikys's comments over the drug's supposed purity came during the custody process, with the defendant claiming he could be killed if freed.
The court heard how Sikys claimed he was storing the drugs under duress after persons came to his home and threatened both him and his family.
The detective claimed, however, that given the amount of cocaine, the police view is that Sikys is "high up on the food chain to be trusted with such a large amount".
He said police were objecting to Sikys being released amid fears that he would reoffend to recoup the significant losses the seizure represents, that he was a risk of fleeing the jurisdiction as if convicted he faces a lengthy jail term, and because there were two young children in the house along with the drugs.
Under cross-examination from defence solicitor Chris Mitchell, the officer agreed that Sikys had been in Northern Ireland for 10 years and had no convictions relating to drugs.
Mr Mitchell argued that with one of his children attending school here, Sikys did not pose a risk of flight. Describing the police objections regarding potential reoffending as "the stereotypical, generic objection", Mr Mitchell submitted that Sikys would be very foolish to sell drugs if released as he would be under close scrutiny from the authorities.
District judge Rosie Watters said that while everything that could be said on Sikys's behalf had been said, she was refusing to release him on bail as she was concerned about the risk of further crimes being committed."Cocaine and other drugs do huge amounts of harm in our society" she added.
Sikys was ordered to appear again via video-link on October 12.