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Southampton man in court over £28k seizure of herbal cannabis in north Belfast

By Alan Erwin

A Southampton man appeared in court today in connection with the seizure of up to £28,000 worth of herbal cannabis in north Belfast.

Alan Owen was arrested by detectives investigating an alleged plot to send the Class B drugs in the post.

The 46-year-old faces charges of conspiracy to import cannabis and transferring criminal property.

A judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court agreed to grant him bail once a £2,500 surety is lodged.

Owen, of Bitterne Road West in Southampton, is allegedly linked to a drugs seizure in the Skegoneill area on March 8.

At a previous hearing for a co-accused prosecutors said police intercepted a package said to have been sent from the south of England through Royal Mail.

The parcel contained two smaller boxes originally posted from Belgium.

The drugs recovered were said to have an estimated street value of between £14,000-£28,000.

Owen's lawyer confirmed today that police were not opposing bail under certain conditions.

He is to surrender his passport, comply with a ban on travelling outside the UK and must not contact any co-accused.

Although Deputy District judge Joe Rice consented to the terms, he remanded Owen in custody until the surety is agreed.

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