Belfast students appear in court accused of transporting £30k of cannabis
Two students have appeared in court accused of transporting cannabis worth £30,000.
While 21-year-old Emma Singery was freed on bail at Craigavon Magistrates Court, District Judge Bernie Kelly refused to release her co-accused Lukas Abromavicius, also 21 amid fears that he would flee or commit further offences.
The defendants, both with an address on Fitzroy Avenue in Belfast, are jointly accused on four drug offences, two of simple possession of cannabis and two of having the class B drug with intent to supply on July 23 this year.
Giving evidence to the court a detective constable said he believed he could connect them to each of the charges and that police had objections to them being freed on bail.
The charges arise following the seizure of cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately £30k after police stopped a car on the Armagh Road in Portadown at around 1.30pm on Monday afternoon.
The BMW car was seized and a number of further items were recovered in follow up searches at two houses.
In court on Wednesday the detective said the police case was that Abromavicius owed a £50 debt to a drug dealer from the Garvaghy Road in Portadown and was instructed to carry these drugs to negate that debt.
Under cross examination from Abromavicius’ solicitor, the officer agreed that this was not an intelligence-led operation but rather a routine police stop when officers noticed the car had low suspension at the back and there was smoke coming from it.
A solicitor for Singery said that in police interviews, she had put forward the case that she had no idea there were drugs in the boot of the car.
Judge Kelly released Singery on her own bail of £250 with one surety of £1,000 with numerous attached conditions including that she has to live with her father and have no contact with her co-accused.
Abromavicius was refused bail however and both will appear again on 17 August.
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