DJ in court over £3m heroin and pills haul remanded
A DJ accused over a £3m seizure of heroin and banned pills in Londonderry claimed he was in the area to play at a party, the High Court has heard.
But prosecutors alleged that Anthony Morgan (28) was instead a trusted member of a crime organisation involved in large-scale drugs transportation.
Morgan, of Eaton Green, Rathcoole, Dublin, faces charges of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. Bail was refused.
Crown counsel Sheena Mahaffey said he was arrested with a woman and another man after a lorry and van believed to be travelling in convoy were stopped on Derry's Foyle Bridge last July.
Eight kilos of 70% pure heroin, with a potential street value of £2m, was discovered in the lorry cab. Another 210,000 suspected Ecstasy tablets which turned out to be so-called legal — but subsequently banned — highs, worth an estimated £1m were also found.
Police also recovered €4,400 from the woman who was with Morgan in the van, Mrs Mahaffey said.
During questioning he claimed the pair travelled to Strabane and booked into a hotel following an arrangement through the Bebo networking site to perform at a club, the court heard.
The money was allegedly to be used to buy a car if they spotted one “by the side of the road”.
Morgan claimed he and the woman went out to get food in Derry, but got lost for three and a half hours because they were unfamiliar with the area. He denied making calls to arrange any meeting.
However, Mrs Mahaffey said the Garda National Drugs Unit indicated €4,000 was the going rate for paying lorry drivers to take drugs across the Irish border.
The court heard the lorry driver told detectives he was contacted and met a man at a lay-by in the Campsie area, but decided the location was too dark to make the drugs transaction.
Police stopped the vehicles after they travelled further along the road, it was alleged.
Opposing Morgan's bid for bail, Mrs Mahaffey said: “Police believe the applicant is a trusted member of a criminal organisation, with a position of responsibility within that organisation, given the money, mobile phones and fact he was trusted to move drugs valued at £3m.”
Michael Boyd, defending, said that his client denied any knowledge of the drugs and claimed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.