Man charged over £1m of cannabis is denied bail
A Co Louth man charged in connection with the seizure of £1m of herbal cannabis in Belfast must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled yesterday.
Robert Byrne (37) was refused bail over his alleged involvement in a plot to transport the drugs from England.
Police seized 50 kilos of cannabis after two vehicles were stopped and searched at Dargan Road in the city on January 26.
Byrne, from Moneymore in Drogheda, was arrested along with Gerard Bates, a 25-year-old HGV driver from Watsonville in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
Both men are charged with possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply, and being concerned in its supply.
With Bates previously granted bail, lawyers for Byrne mounted a new bid to secure his release from custody. But the prosecution opposed the application, claiming thousands of pounds worth of cannabis was also seized during a search of his property.
Denying bail, Mr Justice Maguire backed previous concerns about the potential risks of either fleeing or re-offending.