Man charged with having ‘£25,000’ worth of cocaine along with fake Rangers jerseys has case further adjourned

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A man charged in relation to police finding an estimated £25,000 worth of cocaine along with around 50 fake Rangers Football Club tops when they searched his Ballymena home has had his case further adjourned.

Samuel Thomas Moore (35), of Crebilly Road, Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A prosecutor said the full file had been due with them from police by August 19 but had not been received by that stage.

The case was adjourned to September 5 and the defendant was released on continuing bail.

The charges relate to June 25 this year.

The charges being faced by the defendant include 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.

There are two other charges – possession of counterfeit football tops and trading in counterfeit products.

During a previous hearing at Limavady Magistrates Court in June 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 Limavady 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.

A defence solicitor had told the court in Limavady that Moore, who had no previous convictions for drugs, had maintained that they were for his own personal use.

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