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Lisburn man Barry Thompson 'part of cross-border heroin ring' is denied bail

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A man allegedly involved in importing heroin into Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled

A man allegedly involved in importing heroin into Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled

A man allegedly involved in importing heroin into Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled

A man allegedly involved in importing heroin into Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Barry Thompson was refused bail amid claims he is linked to a cross-border operation bringing consignments in from the Irish Republic.

The 50-year-old of Ward Avenue in Lisburn, Co Antrim, faces a charge of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He is accused of having £400 worth of heroin on February 19 this year.

But the court heard Thompson is also allegedly connected to earlier seizures of drugs valued at £4,000 and £1,000.

Thompson was previously denied bail, but mounted a fresh application after enrolling on an addiction treatment programme.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson also cited his client's health problems, including diabetes and ingrown toenails.

"The applicant certainly feels he could do better with his medical conditions if he was at liberty," Mr Thompson said.

Refusing bail once more, however, Lord Justice Stephens stressed the accused's alleged link to a number of drugs seizures.

Belfast Telegraph