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Names of 66 'customers' found in drug raid, court told

By Paul Higgins

Police found lists of 66 names when they searched a drug dealer's Dunmurry home on Friday, a court has heard.

In the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court, 29-year-old Steven Hall faced four charges after the police raid at the property in Parkview uncovered three different drugs. But scores of people could potentially be contacted by the PSNI after officers found what appeared to be the names of customers.

An officer told the court they found two lists containing 66 names. Beside these were written amounts of between £20 and £5,250.

During an application for bail on Saturday, an officer told the court that at 5.40pm the day before police had stopped a car being driven by the accused at Brooke Drive in west Belfast.

They searched it after noticing a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle, and found a plastic bag containing suspected herbal cannabis, white powder and three mobile phones.

Police raided Hall's home and uncovered large bags of white powder totalling five kilos, 50 ecstasy pills, 10 packages of suspected herbal cannabis and the lists of names, said the officer.

Digital weighing scales and £2,000 in cash were also seized at the property, it was said. During interviews Hall claimed he and friends had clubbed together to buy the cannabis in bulk for their own use.

Applying for bail, a defence solicitor told the court that Hall had been co-operative with police and made frank admissions about the drugs, conceding that the money seized at his home was accumulated through dealing to friends and that the ecstasy was for his own personal use.

He added that his client had addiction problems.

District Judge George Conner released Hall on his own bail of £500 but said the amount of money involved suggested it was more than just social dealing.

He banned Hall from taking or possessing prescription drugs, using a mobile phone or travelling in a private vehicle, and ordered him to report to police daily. Hall is due to appear again tomorrow.

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