A MAN has been remanded in custody after police seized cannabis worth an estimated £17,500 at an address in Crumlin.
Peter Young (28), of Canning Grove in Crumlin, appeared in the dock in handcuffs at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Friday charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of the drug.
Objecting to bail, a police officer said an address was searched in Crumlin on Thursday and 1.5kilos of suspected herbal cannabis was found along with an amount of 250 grammes of the drug in bags.
With an estimated value of £10 per gramme, the officer said the haul was valued at £17,500.
The officer said it was a high value seizure and as the defendant had allegedly suffered a financial lose he believed there was a risk of re-offending.
The court heard that the defendant had 68 previous convictions including nine involving drugs.
The officer said police believed the quantity of drugs seized meant the case fell into the supply category.
He said the discovery came amidst drugs misuse in Crumlin.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had left Northern Ireland at one stage because he was “under threat”.
The lawyer said Young had dealt with his addiction to Class C drugs and that the defendant had told police he had “accumulated a small debt in relation to his drug use”.
However, the lawyer said that rather than extricate himself the defendant had found himself in the position he now faces.
The lawyer said Young had a dog and if taken into custody he was anxious about how it would be cared for.
Refusing bail, District Judge Peter King said he took into account the defendant’s record including drugs offences and the value of the cannabis.
He added: “I’m told the motivation that may be behind this is a desire to resolve a drug debt”.
The judge said there was a clear risk of offending and remanded the defendant in custody and the case was next listed at Antrim Magistrates Court in mid-September.