Bail refused for alleged heroin dealer with 172 previous convictions
An alleged heroin dealer with 172 previous convictions who was arrested in a PSNI sting operation has been remanded into custody.
At the hearing, police told Belfast Magistrates Court they believed heroin was responsible for the deaths of two people in Belfast in recent months.
Kevin Gerard McCrory (40) is one of eight people now arrested as part of a PSNI undercover operation targeting the illicit drugs trade in the Belfast area.
The south Belfast man was charged with four offences at the weekend – possession, intent to supply and unlawfully supplying heroin on February 18 this year.
McCrory, of Pretoria Street in the Stranmillis area of the city, also faces a charge of acquiring criminal property – £50 cash.
It is understood that relates to the sale of a Class A drug to an undercover officer on the same date this year.
Opposing his bail application, a PSNI officer said the accused's alleged activities posed "a real risk to public health".
McCrory was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again by videolink on May 9.