Belfast Telegraph

Drug dealer extradited from Spain is remanded

By David Young, PA

An on-the-run drug dealer who was captured in Spain has been remanded into custody in Northern Ireland.

Mark Dunford (41) appeared in court in Ballymena following his arrest in Spain on June 25.

He was detained under a European arrest warrant.

The absconder, originally from Waterford in the Republic of Ireland but living in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, failed to appear for a sentence hearing last February having admitted supplying amphetamines.

Dunford, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to involvement in illegal drug supply in Coleraine and Ballymena after police seized almost £900,000 of substances in September 2012.

During a brief hearing yesterday Deputy District Judge Laura Levers remanded him in custody to appear before the sentencing judge in a Crown Court on July 27.

Dunford replied: "Aye, no bother."

A solicitor applied for legal aid for his client. The PSNI's efforts to trace Dunford were assisted by the National Crime Agency and Spanish police.

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