Drugs arrest man 'on the run for 10 years'

Published Friday, 18 July 2014
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A Chinese man, who had been in the run for more than 10 years, has been remanded into custody accused of producing and supplying cannabis.

Drugs arrest man 'on the run for 10 years'
Police made the find on Thursday. (© UTV)

Appearing in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates' Court alongside a Mandarin interpreter, Ke Quan Zhang confirmed that he understood the five charges against him.

Zhang, 49 and with an address at the Tandragee Road in Portadown, is accused of producing the class B drug cannabis, possessing with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of a class B drug and possession of cannabis, all alleged to have occurred on Thursday.

The charges arise after police officers from the Organised Crime Branch uncovered a suspected cannabis factory.

Zhang is further charged with breaching a deportation order on 1 January 1997 by entering the UK.

A detective constable told the court he believed he could connect Zhang to the charges and as no bail application was lodged, District Judge Bernadette Kelly remanded him into custody to appear again on 15 August by video link.

© UTV News
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