Northern Ireland

Drugs trafficking: Woman in court over cannabis seizures

A 19-year-old woman has appeared in court charged in connection with the seizure of £350,000 of cannabis.

Tong Lu, from Iverna Gardens, London, was arrested following a planned search of property in the Kensington area of the city on Saturday and brought back to Northern Ireland for questioning.

About £48,000 was seized during the search. She faces charges of drug trafficking and money laundering offences.

A bail application was refused.

A police officer told Belfast Magistrates Court the accused's parents, who reside in China, were also suspects in the case and that they had significant assets in the multi-million pound bracket.

Police said that led to a concern they could provide the accused with funds to travel.

A solicitor said Ms Lu's parents owned a hospital in China and could provide any surety, but Mr Justice Nixon refused bail, remanding Ms Lu in custody until 7 August.

The accused is the third person to be charged in connection with the seizure.

Police recovered the cannabis during searches in Belfast, Larne and County Down on 2 and 3 July.

Two women, aged 24 and 45, appeared at Laganside Magistrates Court on 4 July.