Northern Ireland

Brothers Andrew and Michael Black face cocaine charges

Newtownards Court
Image caption The brothers appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court

Two brothers have been remanded in custody after being charged over the seizure of £120,000 worth of cocaine.

The pair were among five men arrested on Wednesday in Bangor, Belfast and Coleraine.

Andrew Stephen Black, 21, and Michael Paul Black, 31, of Cranford Court and Ardmore Drive, in Porstewart, each face six charges.

Three other men appeared in court later on Friday evening charged in connection with the seizure.

The court heard that the police had watched an alleged drugs handover in the car park of a Bangor shopping centre before moving in to make the arrests.

Robert Colwell, 48, of Birch Drive, Bangor, was accused of possession and supply of cocaine.

William Johnston, 34, of Windermere Park in Belfast, was accused of having cannabis and amphetamines.

Aidan Austin, 36, of Lever Park in Portstewart, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamines.

All three were remanded in custody.

The charges the Black brothers face include conspiracy to supply and possession of class A and B drugs with intent.

A detective constable told the court he could connect the brothers to an operation in Bangor on Wednesday when a car was recovered containing 2kg of cocaine and £1,100 in cash.

The court heard the operation was part of an ongoing investigation by the PSNI's organised crime branch.

Police told the court they believe the cash was connected to 200g of amphetamine sulphate found at a house in south Belfast.