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Restaurant owner released on bail over drugs charges

The owner of a top-ranking Chinese restaurant accused of involvement in a multi-million pound plot to import cannabis into Northern Ireland has been granted High Court bail.

A judge ruled that Wei Zou could be released from custody after reading a bundle of references from customers vouching for him.

The 33-year-old defendant is allegedly part of an international drugs operation linked to a growing factory uncovered in Italy.

Prosecutors claimed packages of cannabis have been sent to multiple properties in Northern Ireland. Zou, of Beechwood Avenue in Bangor, Co Down, faces charges of importing and conspiracy to supply class B drugs, along with other money laundering offences.

He was arrested with several co-accused in March during police swoops on a number of locations. Zou was ordered to report to police daily and ordered to have no contact with any co-accused.

Belfast Telegraph