Published Monday, 03 February 2014
Tremers and Doyle were remanded into custody. (© UTV)
Appearing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates' Court, 30-year-old Bernadette Tremers and Paul Hugh Doyle, 32, spoke to confirm that they understood the charges against them.
Tremers, from Carlingford Park and Doyle, from Carney Hill, are both charged with possessing and possessing with intent class A ecstasy on 31 January while Tremers faces a further charge of having class B cannabis on the same date.
A detective constable told the court he believed he could connect both defendants to the charges and described how the offences arose after police stopped and searched a Hyundai car driven by Tremers on Main Street in Waringstown on Friday and recovered a bag containing 5,000 "blue ghost" tablets.
The detective said Doyle was driving a BMW car in front of Tremers in an apparent convoy.
Objecting to the pair being released in bail, the officer said the find represented a "significant loss" and police feared that if released, Tremers would continue drug dealing to recoup those losses.
He claimed that examination of her mobile phone suggested she had been drug dealing "for months" and that both her mobile phone and the phone retrieved from Doyle had been in contact with each other and a mobile number south of the border, adding that the police believed they were "working together in this enterprise".
District Judge Rosemary Watters commented and the officer agreed, it looked as though Tremers had travelled to the Republic to collect the drugs and had then had a rendezvous with Doyle before the pair were stopped.
Barrister Peter Coiley submitted that that for the Tremers' family, her arrest for drugs offences had come as a "great shock" but that her father was willing to lodge the deeds to his house as surety for her bail, adding that given the attention to the case she was unlikely to reoffend.
Doyle's solicitor Conor Downey claimed he had been "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and knew nothing of the drugs in Tremers' car.
Refusing the applications however and remanding the pair into custody to appear again in 28 February, Judge Watters said she was concerned about further offences being committed as "drugs cause a huge amount of misery and ruin lives".
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