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Lollipop man on drugs charges following Co Down house raid

By Paul Higgins

A school crossing patrol man man has appeared in court accused of being involved in a drugs

Raymond Emmerson from Newtownards was one of three alleged drug dealers in the dock at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court yesterday, following a raid on a house in Hillsborough where police say they found bags of cocaine, ecstasy and speed.

Security guard Mervyn Gilfillan, 39, and unemployed Eamon Gerard Heaney, 49, were charged alongside 35-year-old Emmerson.

The trio were remanded into custody after being charged with possessing class A drugs cocaine and ecstasy and class B amphetamine with intent to supply on October 30.

They are also charged with possessing class B cannabis.

Heaney, from Dunbeg Park in Hillsborough, faces a further count of preventing a meter from registering an electricity supply.

Solicitors Dennis Boyd and Andrew Russell, acting for Heaney and Gilfillan, from Ballysillan Drive said they were not applying for bail for their clients, but the officer told the court police were objecting to Emmerson’s release amid fears that he would reoffend to recoup the losses or would interfere with the “ongoing investigation”.

She outlined how officers executed a search warrant at Heaney’s home last Thursday and found the three defendants sitting around the kitchen table which had a half kilo bag of cocaine on it.

Also on the table was a bag of ecstasy tablets and further searches of the property uncovered a bag of amphetamines in a bin outside. Also recovered were a bag of benzocaine, a commonly used cutting agent used to bulk out cocaine and a hydraulic press with two plates in an upstairs bedroom.

“We say it’s a manufacturing house,” claimed the officer.

The officer told a prosecuting lawyer that in its current state, the cocaine was worth between £20,000 and £30,000 but that with the associated bulking agent, it could be cut so “conservatively, we would say it could be up to £100,000”. She said

Emmerson, from the Old Forge Lane in Newtownards, claimed he knew nothing about the drugs and had just arrived at the house to play X Box when cops arrived.

Refusing Emmerson’s bail application, the judge said of his claims: “There are a lot of drugs here and it’s hard to believe that somebody who wasn’t a trusted member of the group would be in the middle of it to be honest.”

 

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