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Man Remanded In Custody On Drugs Charges After Police Dog Sniffed Out £25,000 Worth Of Cannabis In Series Of Hides In Portrush

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A man was remanded in custody at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged in connection with the discovery of £25,000 worth of drugs which was sniffed out in a series of hides in Portrush by a drugs dog.

William Meneice (59), of Glentaisie Park in Portrush, faces a number of charges following drugs discoveries on Sunday December 9.

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.

A police officer said she believed she could connect him to the charges and opposed bail.

She said the alleged offences were committed at a time when Meneice, who has 99 previous convictions, was on a suspended sentence for drugs offences.

The officer said £800 worth of herbal cannabis was found under a wheel arch of a Hyundai Tucson vehicle belonging to the defendant and £3,500 cash was found in wooden blocks in a rear yard at the defendant’s home.

Almost 200 Diazepam tablets were found at a garage and a drugs dog helped unearth £25,000 worth of herbal cannabis at nearby ground.

The officer said there were a number of hides.

The court heard that when interviewed the defendant denied any knowledge of the drugs and said the money was from scrap metal dealing which he didn’t keep it in the house in case it would be stolen.

He said the Diazepam belonged to somebody else.

The officer feared the defendant would try to commit further offences to recover his loss.

A defence lawyer said no drugs were actually found in Meneice’s house where he lives from Monday to Friday but stays with a partner in Belfast at the weekends.

The lawyer said the Hyundai had been parked for seven days and the defendant had no knowledge of the drugs.

District Judge Peter King said it would have been a difficult enough bail application given the amount of drugs and money found without factoring in the defendant’s 99 previous convictions including Crown Court convictions for drugs offences.

He refused bail saying there was a clear risk of further offending and Meneice was remanded in custody to appear back in court in January.

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