Northern Ireland

Men in court over £820,000 Doagh drugs find

Three men have appeared in court charged over a major drugs find in County Antrim.

Cannabis worth an estimated £820,000 was found by police in a car in Templepatrick and a house in Doagh at the weekend, along with £25,000 cash.

In court were John O'Hara, 56, from Old Ballybracken Road, Doagh, Conor Hyland, 26, of Gortfin Street and Liam Macklin, 32, of Whiterock Gardens, both Belfast.

All three are accused of possession of herbal cannabis with intent to supply.

Mr Macklin is also charged with possession of a stun gun.

A police officer told Antrim Magistrates Court that the three men had been arrested at a car park in Templepatrick during an apparent meeting.

Two vacuum packed bags of cannabis - each weighing a kilo - were found in a car belonging to one of the men.

At a follow-up search at Mr O'Hara's house in Doagh, the officer said police found another 40 bags of cannabis.

The police officer told the court that this was part of a large-scale drugs operation.

Mr Macklin and Mr Hyland made no application for bail, while Mr O'Hara's bail application was refused by District Judge Alcorn because of the possibility of re-offending.