Northern Ireland

Belfast men in court charged with importing drugs

Two Belfast men have appeared in court on charges of importing up to £20,000 worth of herbal cannabis.

William Montgomery and Stephen McKinney, both 29, were charged following police seizures on Thursday.

Mr McKinney, of Upper Riga Street, is accused of importing, possessing with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Mr Montgomery, with an address at Madras Street, Belfast, is also accused of importing and possessing the drugs.

Mr McKinney is also accused of acquiring explosives, namely blank firing ammunition.

Bail was not opposed, but Mr McKinney was banned from using any computers and told to disclose all his telephone numbers to police.

He was also curfewed and ordered to report to police daily.

Mr Montgomery was directed to live at Upper Riga Street, hand over all his phone numbers and check with police three times a week.

The two accused, who were barred from any contact with each other, are due back in court next month.

A 33-year-old man is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on 10 August on related charges.

The searches were at addresses in Upper Riga Street and at Abbey Glen in Newtownabbey.