£2m drugs haul 'put in post from Mexico'
Rechargeable battery packs were used to smuggle nearly £2m worth of cocaine directly into Northern Ireland from Mexico, the High Court has heard.
Tests revealed the shipment seized in Belfast contained 3kgs of drugs with an 82% purity level.
A judge heard the courier who delivered the package to an address in south Belfast may have been an undercover officer.
Bail was refused to one of three men charged over the haul.
Christopher Overend (22), of Hillman Street, Belfast, faces charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine, possessing and importing class A drugs.
It was confirmed in court that a worldwide arrest operation was continuing against those suspected of involvement.
Prosecuting counsel Conor O'Kane said: “This was a highly organised crime gang (who) undertook an audacious international importation on a massive scale.”
Two large cardboard boxes addressed to co-accused Philip Devlin arrived by express mail service at a house in Sans Souci Park on May 8.
It was claimed that Overend collected them using identification provided by Devlin (28), of Antrim Road in the city.
Both men were arrested when a taxi they were in stopped at a bar on the Ormeau Road. A third suspect, Nigerian Abiodun Dahunsi, (35), of Mount Alverno, Ballymurphy, was also charged.