No bail for pair over seizure of £50k worth of ecstasy
A man and woman from Newry have been remanded in custody charged with having £50,000 of class A ecstasy drugs.
Appearing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates Court, 30-year-old Bernadette Tremers and Paul Hugh Doyle (32) spoke to confirm that they understood the charges against them.
Tremers, from Carlingford Park, and Doyle, from Carney Hill, are both charged with possessing and possessing with intent class A ecstasy on January 31, while Tremers faces a further charge of having class B cannabis on the same date.
A detective constable told the court he believed he could connect both defendants to the charges and described how the offences arose after police stopped and searched a Hyundai car driven by Tremers in Waringstown on Friday and recovered a bag containing 5,000 'blue ghost' tablets.
The detective said Doyle was driving a BMW car in front of Tremers in an apparent convoy.
Objecting to the pair being released on bail, the officer claimed that examination of Tremers' mobile suggested she had been dealing "for months".
Doyle's solicitor Conor Downey claimed he had been "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and knew nothing of the drugs in Tremers' car.
Refusing bail, Judge Rosemary Watters remanded the pair in custody to appear again on February 28.