Northern Ireland

Chinese man faces £120,000 Belfast cannabis charges

Laganside courts
Image caption The case was heard at Belfast Magistrates' Court

A 29-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged over the seizure of £120,000 worth of suspected herbal cannabis in Belfast.

Da Hu Yu faces a charge of possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.

The Chinese national is also charged with further offences over an alleged cannabis-growing operation in Lisburn, County Antrim, two years ago.

He is accused of being concerned in producing Class B drugs, cultivating cannabis and criminal damage.

A fifth alleged offence involves dishonestly using electricity at a property in Warren Park, Lisburn, in April 2011.

Mr Yu was arrested at his address in Wellesley Avenue, south Belfast, on Tuesday after police found drugs with an estimated street value of £120,000.

Appearing before the city's magistrates' mourt on Wednesday he did not seek bail.

Speaking through an interpreter, he claimed to have been just looking after the consignment for a friend.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded him in custody to appear again by video link in September.

The charges relating to the April 2011 incident are to be transferred to Lisburn Magistrates' Court.