Northern Ireland

Four in court over £450,000 cocaine and cannabis haul

Four people have appeared in court after cocaine and cannabis worth £450,000 were seized in Lisburn, County Antrim.

Mark McAleese, 35, of Johnston Way, and Mario Morelli, 37 and Tanya O'Halloran, 27, of Llewellyn Avenue in Lisburn were remanded in custody.

Conor Reilly, 35, from Tromery Drive, Crumlin, who appeared separately, was released on continuing police bail.

All four were charged with having cocaine with intent to supply.

A detective told the court that police found a drugs factory in Mr Morelli and Ms O'Halloran's home on Friday.

During searches there and elsewhere in Lisburn on Friday, police found drugs with a street value of £450,000 as well as £50,000 in cash.

The detective said £30,000 in euro and sterling were found at Mr McAleese's house.

In cross examination, the detective said he believed Mr Reilly brought drugs to the house at Llewellyn Avenue and that police still wanted to question another suspect.

The detective said the PSNI were working with Dutch and Metropolitan police to establish how the drugs got into Northern Ireland.

Mr Morelli and Ms O'Halloran, who recently married, were also charged with having two illegal weapons, namely taser stun guns that police said were found in their house, concealing criminal property and having cannabis with intent to supply.

Ms O'Halloran wept aloud as lawyers discussed her bail application.