Belfast flat used to cut and package heroin, court told
A barricaded flat in east Belfast was being used to cut and package heroin for sale on the streets, the High Court heard.
Police discovered three men inside the Haig Street property and seized drugs worth up to £2,000 during a raid last week.
One of those arrested at the scene claimed he knew nothing about the operation in what he was treating as a "doss-house", a judge was told.
Peter Carlisle, 39, with an address at Sunderland Road in the city, faces charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of heroin.
Officers forced their way into the flat to carry out searches on June 7.
Prosecution counsel said a wooden door had been propped up against the door to act as a barricade.
Inside police found raw heroin with a value of between £1,400 and £2,000, the court heard.
Scales, wrapping material, scissors and tin foil were also recovered.
"It's the police contention that these individuals were in the process of cutting and packaging heroin for sale at street level," the prosecutor added.
Joel Lindsay, defending, said Carlisle was only at the address because he had nowhere else to stay at the time.
"It appears the flat was used as a doss-house, people were coming in and people were leaving there," the barrister told the court.
It was claimed the man who lived there only used the chair to keep a broken door shut.
Carlisle had just returned from signing for his own accommodation when the police raid took place, according to his lawyer.
Bail was granted for him to reside under curfew in the Antrim area.
Mr Justice McCloskey also banned him from entering east Belfast.
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