Accused in £100k drugs case denied bail
A Liverpool man accused of supplying £100,000 worth of cocaine destined for the Northern Irish drugs market must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled.
Alan Gerrard was refused bail amid claims he played a key role in smuggling the drugs across the Irish Sea, prosecutors claimed.
He was arrested last month along with four other suspects following a surveillance operation involving National Crime Agency officers.
Gerrard (54), of Hare Croft, Liverpool, faces a charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Police seized 1.5 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100,000 after stopping a Volkwagen Golf driven by a co-accused on the A1 near Newry on November 3.
Opposing bail, prosecution lawyer Kate McKay claimed he was linked to the drugs plot by CCTV, witness and telephone evidence.
But a defence barrister described the accused as a self-employed roofer who runs a "small-time tobacco entrepreneurship" posting quantities across the Irish Sea.