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Lorry driver 'thought £5m cocaine haul was bibles'

bags of cocaine
The drugs were seized on Boucher Road in Belfast

A lorry driver charged over a suspected £5m cocaine seizure in Belfast believed he was carrying Christian books, a court has heard.

Terence Bean, 62, was among three men charged in connection with Northern Ireland's largest ever cocaine seizure.

Mr Bean, who lives in Malaga but with an address at Sparrow Street, Oldham, faced a number of charges including possession with intent to supply.

All three men were remanded in custody at Belfast Magistrates Court.

Mr Bean was charged with supplying of Class A drugs, conspiracy to supply, possession and possession with intent to supply.

His co-accused Terence Telford, 38, from Wolfhill Road, Belfast, faces the same charges.

A third man, Michael Reeves, 28, of Carrick Hill, Belfast, is accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The three men are due to appear in court again via videolink next month.



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