Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland barber admits £100k drugs offences

By George Jackson

A Co Down man has pleaded guilty to drugs offences after an undercover police operation.

Michael Anthony Hughes (41), a barber from Meadow Grange in Kilkeel, was yesterday re-arraigned at Londonderry Crown Court and changed his plea.

He admitted supplying cannabis worth up to £99,000 and possessing criminal property - £10,470 in cash - on September 22, 2016.

The money was found in a Ford Transit van he'd used to transport almost 5kg of cannabis to Derry.

Two other men caught in the same surveillance operation, Christopher Lavy and Ruaira Hannigan, both from Harper's Quay in the Waterside area, previously pleaded guilty and are in custody awaiting sentencing.

Judge Philip Babington described Hughes as a drugs courier who had travelled considerable distances to commit the offences.

He was released on continuing bail for sentencing on December 7.

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