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Trio are charged over £600k cannabis seizure

BY ALAN ERWIN

Police seized £600,000 worth of cannabis after it was unloaded from a lorry in Co Antrim, a court was told.

Officers stopped the HGV vehicle and a car involved in the drugs transfer following a meeting near Glengormley on Thursday morning.

Patrick Austin (33), of Rectory Park, Lurgan; Mark Cullen (39), from Castleton Gardens, Belfast, and Michael Slevin (47), of Meadowvale Park, Omagh are all accused of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.

Austin and Slevin are also charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis, while Cullen faces other motoring offences.

A detective told Belfast Magistrates Court that more than 30 packages of cannabis with an estimated street value of £600,000 were moved from a lorry driven by Slevin, with Austin as a passenger to Cullen in a Volkswagen Passat

The car then travelled to the nearby Corr's Corner Hotel where it was stopped. Police detained the lorry on the Ballyrobert Road.

Slevin was granted bail to appear again on September 13. Cullen and Austin were remanded in custody.

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