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Man charged over discovery of £25,000 drugs in Portrush is released on bail

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A man charged over the discovery of £25,000 worth of drugs which was sniffed out in a series of hides in Portrush by a drugs dog was released on bail on April 1.
William Meneice (59), of Glentaisie Park in Portrush, faces a number of charges following drugs discoveries on Sunday December 9 last year.

He is charged with possessing cannabis; possession of cannabis with intent to supply; being concerned in the supply of cannabis; possession of Diazepam and having Diazepam with intent to supply.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on April 1 via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand in relation to the charges.

At the April 1 court a police officer opposed bail saying he feared the defendant would commit offences to recoup alleged losses.

The police officer said it could be another two months before the case file is complete.

District Judge Peter King said bail was appropriate given the length of time Meneice was likely to be on remand.

The PSNI officer said they objected to Meneice being released to an address in Portrush and objected to him entering the town.

The officer also asked for a prohibition on the defendant having a mobile phone but said they were not asking for a ban on him being in private vehicles as it was accepted the defendant was a scrap dealer and such a bail condition would impact on his work.

The officer also asked for a curfew and electronic monitoring.

Judge King released the defendant on £500 bail to reside at an address approved by police; with an 8pm-7am curfew when he will be electronically tagged.

Meneice is banned from Portrush and has to surrender any mobile phone to police.

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