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Man in custody over cocaine haul

A man has been remanded in custody accused of having £75,000 worth of cocaine in his car.

Gavin Martin Hughes was arrested after police stopped a vehicle in west Belfast on Wednesday.

It is alleged that more than one kilo of cocaine was discovered in the vehicle, with a further seizure of Ecstasy tablets made during follow up searches in the city.

Two other men detained in the same operation remain in police custody.

Hughes (29) of Springfield Park, Belfast, faces charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply. He applied for bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Defence lawyer Fergal MacElhatton argued that the seriousness of the alleged offence should not mean Hughes must remain behind bars.

But District Judge Austin Kennedy refused bail due to the risk of any potential re-offending.

Hughes was remanded in custody to appear next month.

Belfast Telegraph