Addict charged after police sting

Published Saturday, 05 April 2014
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An alleged drug dealer has been remanded into custody as the result of a four month undercover police sting operation.

Addict charged after police sting
Police watched Aughey's movements taking audio and visual recordings. (© UTV)

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard that Steven Aughey, 30 and from north Belfast, faces 21 charges relating to the possession and supply of heroin, cannabis and diazepam between December last year and February this year.

The court also heard during a failed bail application on Saturday that Aughey was already on police bail on suspicion of causing a woman's death last December.

Detective Constable Slaughter revealed that police were awaiting the results of forensic tests into the woman's death, but that officers suspected Aughey of supplying the heroin which caused the death.

Aughey, from Brae Hill Park in the city, confirmed that he understood the 21 charges against him which include five counts each relating to the possession and supply of class A heroin, class B cannabis and the acquiring of criminal property.

He faces six further charges in relation to the possession and supply of class C diazepam.

DC Slaughter told the court he believed he could connect Aughey to each of the charges, adding that police were objecting to his release on bail amid fears of further offending and that he would flee the jurisdiction.

He said Aughey was himself a "self confessed heroin addict" and that the only way he could fund that habit was to sell drugs, submitting that with his offending history, "he is unlikely to adhere to court orders".

The court heard how the charges arose after police conducted their undercover operation posing as customers to obtain "audio and visual footage of him and others allegedly involved in certain offences".

© UTV News
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