Court told how police found £1m drugs haul
Three men have been remanded in custody charged in connection with a £1m drugs seizure in Belfast.
A court heard the suspects were detained after two cars and a lorry were stopped on Saturday following a handover at an industrial estate in the south of the city.
Police recovered two large bags containing 26kgs of what is thought to be herbal cannabis with a street value of up to £520,000.
In follow-up searches of a flat, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis resin with a similar combined value were discovered.
Around £15,000 in cash was also seized from the property.
One of the accused, Ryan Black (27), of Winchester Road, Carryduff, was described as the “mastermind” of the alleged drugs gang.
He faces 14 charges including possession with intent to supply and having criminal property.
His co-accused, James Turley (51), of Ballymore Road, Tandragee, and Mark Mulholland (25), of Glenariff Crescent, Ballymena, are charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Turley faces a further count of possessing criminal property, while Mulholland is accused of transferring criminal property.
Belfast Magistrates Court was told yesterday two people wanted in connection with the investigation are still at large.
A detective said that during the alleged handover Mulholland put two bags of cannabis in his Ford Mondeo after receiving them from Turley, a lorry driver.
Turley was paid £2,000 to bring the drugs, the court was told.
Black, a plumber, had circled the area in his own BMW car before the lorry driver arrived, it was claimed.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused bail to each of the accused.
They were remanded in custody to appear again next month.