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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2006, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Two remanded over 18m drugs haul
The drugs were found in a warehouse
The drugs were found in a warehouse in Newtownards (picture: PSNI)
Two men have been remanded in custody over the seizure of Northern Ireland's largest ever haul of drugs.

Cannabis worth about 18m was found in a warehouse in Newtownards on Tuesday.

The accused are: Stephen James McGivern, 31, Oak Crescent, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and Martin Kerfoot, 39, of Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down.

They are charged with possession of a Class C drug and intent to supply. The court heard the drugs were found hidden in pallets inside a removal lorry.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that both accused were arrested during a raid involving the police and the Revenue and Customs Service.

Mr Kerfoot is a partner in a removal and storage company. Mr McGivern is a lorry driver.

A detective sergeant told the court that a search of the property and two vehicles uncovered three and a half tonnes of cannabis resin with a street value estimated at 18m.

The resin was concealed inside doors, stacked on pallets inside a removal lorry.

Some of the resin had already been transferred into a hired vehicle, the court heard.

The men were remanded in custody until 27 October.






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