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Northern Ireland HGV driver is charged over 60kg drugs haul

A Northern Ireland lorry driver has been charged with intending to supply drugs after 60kg of cannabis was allegedly found in his vehicle.

Banbridge man Philip Sydney Wylie was remanded in custody following a brief court appearance in England.

The 23-year-old has indicated a 'not guilty' plea to a charge of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

His heavy goods vehicle was stopped by police at a motor services area on the M1 about 80 miles outside London last week.

Mr Wylie, from Edenderry Mews in the town, appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court last Thursday and was not allowed to return to the province.

A court spokesman yesterday confirmed the defendant is due to appear again at Luton Crown Court.

The herbal cannabis was said to have been discovered in the cabin area of the lorry.

Mr Wylie, believed to be originally from Loughbrickland, was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on March 4.

Belfast Telegraph