Brothers charged over £250k cocaine haul
Two alleged drug dealing brothers were remanded into custody on Saturday charged with having £250,000 of class A cocaine.
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Appearing separately in the dock of Belfast Magistrates' Court, both 34-year-old Jamie Alexander Smith and his older brother Ian Edward Smith, aged 41, spoke only to confirm that they understood the charges against them.
The brothers, have an address at Albert Court, St. Anne's Square in Belfast, however, their home addresses have been with-held by order of the court because the pair are under threat.
They are each charged with conspiring with Anthony Lyons to supply cocaine, possessing cocaine with intent to supply and simple possession of cocaine on 28 June 2012.
Jamie Smith faces further charges of causing actual bodily harm to a constable, possessing class 'A' ecstasy, converting and possessing £5,000 of criminal property.
Constable Moore told the court she believed she could connect the brothers to the charges and in objecting to a bail application for Ian Smith, revealed that the four kilos of cocaine were found in a blue wheelie bin in a communal area of an apartment block.
She said she was objecting to bail because given the estimated value of the drugs, Smith may commit further offences in order to "recoup losses".
Under cross examination from Smith's solicitor, Constable Moore agreed the drugs were found in an area where other residents would have access to and that at present, there was no forensic link between Smith and the drugs.
Remanding the brothers into custody until 23 July, District Judge Harry McKibben said he was refusing the bail application on the grounds of fear of further offences being committed.