PSNI found up to £12,000 of cocaine in car, court hears
Police found up to £12,000 worth of cocaine hidden in a box of beer after stopping a car in west Belfast, a court heard today.
Three men were arrested during the operation on the Upper Springfield Road early on Monday morning.
Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court were 33-year-old Felix Curley, Brendan McDonagh, 32, and 26-year-old David McMullan.
All three men were remanded in custody charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
McMullan, of Moyard Parade in the city, did not seek bail during the hearing.
But a detective opposed his two co-accused's attempts to be released, claiming they could attempt to recoup the drugs lost.
She told the court cocaine with an estimated value of between £8,000-£12,000 was seized.
It had been hidden inside a beer box in the rear of the car.
McDonagh, of Flush Park in Lisburn, Co Antrim, faces additional charges of resisting police and attempted criminal damage to a PSNI vehicle.
His lawyer argued that he knew nothing about the drugs and cannot be forensically linked to the package.
The court heard the car in which the cocaine was found belonged to Curley, of Moyard Park in Belfast.
Other suspected drugs paraphernalia, including scales and deal bags, were discovered during a follow-up search at his home.
Curley also denied knowledge of the consignment, claiming he was driving two friends to Lisburn.
Under cross-examination the detective confirmed he has never before come onto the "drugs intelligence radar".
Curley's solicitor, Brendan Blaney, contended: "He may well have been regarded as an expendable individual insofar as this episode is concerned."
But refusing bail to both Curley and McDonagh, District Judge Fiona Bagnall ruled there was a risk of re-offending.
She remanded them in custody to appear again by video-link next month.