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Students stopped by police charged with transporting £30k of cannabis in BMW

By Paul Higgins

Two students were in court yesterday accused of transporting cannabis worth £30,000.

While 21-year-old Emma Singery was freed on bail at Craigavon Magistrates Court, District Judge Bernie Kelly refused to release her co-accused Lukas Abromavicius, also 21, due to fears that he would flee or commit further offences.

The defendants, both with an address at Fitzroy Avenue in Belfast, are jointly accused of four drug offences, two of simple possession of cannabis and two of having the class B drug with intent to supply on July 23 this year.

Giving evidence to the court, a detective constable said he believed he could connect them to each of the charges and that police had objections to them being freed on bail.

The charges follow the seizure of cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately £30k after police stopped a car on the Armagh Road in Portadown at around 1.30pm on Monday. The BMW was seized and a number of further items were recovered in follow-up searches at two houses.

In court yesterday the detective said the police case was that Abromavicius owed £50 to a drug dealer from the Garvaghy Road in Portadown and was instructed to carry the drugs to negate that debt.

Under cross-examination from Abromavicius' solicitor, the officer agreed that this was not an intelligence-led operation but rather a routine police stop, after officers noticed that the car had low suspension at the back and there was smoke coming from it.

A solicitor for Singery said that in police interviews she had claimed that she had no idea there were drugs in the boot of the car.

Judge Kelly released Singery on her own bail of £250 with one surety of £1,000 with numerous attached conditions, including that she has to live with her father and has no contact with her co-accused.

Abromavicius was refused bail and both will appear again on August 17.

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