Belfast Telegraph

Illegal diazepam plot accused mother is granted bail

By Alan Erwin

A woman accused of being part of an illegal plot to supply prescription drugs into Northern Ireland has been granted bail.

Kelly Clarke (45) was arrested after police seized a large quantity of diazepam tablets in north Belfast.

Three men were also detained following searches carried out on Thursday at locations in the city and Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

Clarke, of Ardoyne Road in Belfast, appeared before the city's magistrates court charged with conspiracy to supply Class C drugs.

She also faces a second count of being concerned in the supply of diazepam between August 1, 2014, and April 16 this year. Opposing Clarke's bail application, one of the officers involved in the investigation claimed there was a risk of re-offending.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey argued that his client was a carer for two children and had no previous drugs convictions.

The barrister contended that it would be "intolerable" for the accused to be kept in custody for months while phone analysis is carried out as part of the investigation.

Granting bail, District Judge Barney McElholm banned Clarke from using mobile phones or contacting any of the co-accused.

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