Trio with £30k cocaine haul 'part of drugs gang'
Three men arrested after police found half-a-kilo of cocaine in a car are members of an organised criminal drugs gang, a court heard yesterday.
The Vauxhall Astra in which they had travelled from Londonderry to Coleraine was stopped on Wednesday night as it returned to Derry on the Clooney Road near Ballykelly.
A detective constable told the city's Magistrates Court that officers found cocaine with a value of £30,000.
Before the court were Matthew Curry (33), from Mount Street; Ryan McGlinchey (23), from Benview estate, and Declan Wells (21), from Cornshell Fields.
All three are jointly charged with possessing cocaine and possession with intent to supply.
Wells and McGlinchey are also charged with possessing cannabis, while McGlinchey is further accused of having 120 Pregabalin (Lyrica) tablets without a prescription.
The detective constable said all three denied any knowledge of the cocaine.
He described the defendants as part of an organised criminal drugs gang.
Applying for bail, defence solicitors said the trio denied the charges and none of them had any relevant criminal record.
However, District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendants' version of events lacked credibility and remanded them until December 14.