Published Saturday, 12 October 2013
The two brothers were remanded in custody. (© UTV)
Appearing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates' Court, 28-year-old Gerard Hughes and his older brother Joseph, 33, spoke to confirm that they understood the nine charges against them.
Gerard Hughes, from Norglen Parade and Joseph Hughes, from Springfield Park, both in west Belfast, each face charges that they had cocaine and ecstasy with intent to supply on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 October and also that they conspired with each other in those dates to supply cocaine to another person.
They are also accused of having items which would facilitate drug dealing.
A detective constable told the court she believed she could connect the men to the charges and as no bail applications were lodged, District Judge Bernadette Kelly remanded them into custody to appear again on 8 November.
No facts were opened in court on Saturday but it is understood the charges relate to the seizure of 3.5 kilos of cocaine and a quantity of ecstasy when police stopped a car in the Rodney Parade area on Wednesday evening and conducted follow-up searches in the Wolfhill Manor area on Thursday.
It is the second time in two months that Gerard Hughes has faced a court accused of drug dealing.
He was arrested at Connswater shopping complex on 8 August after police saw a plastic bag being passed between two cars.
Twenty bars of cannabis with an estimated street value of £25,000 were found after officers stopped the vehicle belonging to Hughes' co-accused.
In that case, Hughes is facing charges of supplying class B cannabis and possessing amphetamine which was allegedly found in his car when it was stopped a short time later.
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