Court hears police found £25,000 worth of cocaine and fake Rangers FC tops during Ballymena search

POLICE found an estimated £25,000 worth of suspected cocaine along with around 50 fake Rangers Football Club tops when they searched a Ballymena man’s home on Tuesday, a court heard today.

During the search, police also found six ‘well-established’ cannabis plants growing in a tent in the kitchen of the property.

Appearing before Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday was Samuel Thomas Moore, of Crebilly Road, Ballymena.

Moore, who was led into the dock in handcuffs, is charged with possession of a class B drug, namely cannabis, cultivating cannabis and possession of class A drugs, namely cocaine.

He is further charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Two other charges of possession of counterfeit football tops and trading in counterfeit products were put to 35 year-old Moore during the hearing.

A police officer told the court that the items were found during a search of Moore’s home on June 25.

He said that when police entered the property, they found six ‘well-established’ cannabis plants, which were 12 to 18 inches in height, growing in a tent in the kitchen.

Following a search of Moore’s clothing, officers found two packets containing white powder which the accused said contained cocaine.

A further 506 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £25,000 was found in the house.

The officer also told the court that around 50 Rangers FC tops, which were all packaged, were found in the property during the searches.

The officer said police believed the counterfeit tops were for sale.

Objecting to bail, the officer said he believed that Moore may have been selling these items for someone else and said if released on bail there would be concerns as the defendant had lost money as a result of the seizure of goods.

However, a solicitor told the court that Moore, who has no previous convictions for drugs, maintains that they were for his own personal use.

He said that if the court were to consider bail that the accused would abide by any strict conditions imposed.

District Judge Peter King said he was prepared to release Moore on bail due to his previous clear record.

Moore was ordered to reside at an address in Ballymena and to observe a curfew between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

He is also prohibited from consuming or being in possession of drugs and is forbidden from applying for a passport.

Moore was released on bail of £500 to appear before Ballymena Magistrates Court on July 18.

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