Accountant in court over major drugs haul

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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A 68-year-old accountant has appeared before Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with offences linked to a £150k drugs haul.

Accountant in court over major drugs haul
Police released an image of what they discovered. (© PSNI)

William Duncan from Moore Street - who is originally from Edinburgh - was remanded in custody along with Paul Rodgers, 50 and unemployed from Stoneypath, both in the Waterside.

The drugs were found after police searched Duncan's Moore Street house on Tuesday evening.

They're charged with possession, possession with intent to supply and with being concerned in supplying six kilograms of amphetamines and four and a half kilograms of herbal cannabis.

They are also charged with possessing criminal property namely cash, totalling £10,630 and with concealing criminal property.

Objecting to bail, a police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that the drugs and documents were found in the defendant Duncan's Moore Street address when it was searched by police under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Tuesday evening.

Inside the house, the police also found £3,700. The defendants had arrived at the house as it was being searched and following their arrests, the home of the other defendant, Rodgers, was then searched and police found £6,930 in his bedroom.

The officer said Duncan, who has travelled to Sierra Leone, Gambia and China in recent years, was jailed for three years in 2010 when police at Charles de Gaulle airport found three kilograms of amphetamines in a suitcase he was carrying.

"He said he had been set up by Nigerians who gave him the suitcase which he said he did not know contained the amphetamines," the officer said.

"He has a girlfriend in Sierra Leone whom he says he intends to marry and he sends her £200 per month," she added.

The officer said in relation to the defendant Rodgers, that although he had no criminal convictions, she feared he would abscond if released on bail.

Refusing bail, the District Judge said the defendant Duncan had a relevant record and in relation to the defendant Rodgers, Mr McElholm said he was refusing bail because of a fear of further offending and because of a fear that he would interfere with a police investigation.

Both men will appear in court again on 27 March for a video link hearing.

Another man, aged 20, also arrested in the Waterside on Wednesday in relation to drugs offences, has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

© UTV News
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