Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey 'cocaine factory': Patrick Auld and Una McClory in court

The police released a photograph of the cash and drugs seized in Newtownabbey overnight Image copyright PSNI
Image caption The police released a photograph of the cash and drugs seized in Newtownabbey

A couple have been charged with possession of cocaine and a number of other drug-related offences.

They were charged after a suspected cocaine factory was raided in County Antrim.

Patrick Auld, 33, was remanded in custody and 31-year-old Una McClory was released on bail.

The couple, with an address in Ballyhenry Avenue in Newtownabbey, have a four-month-old daughter and will appear again in court next month.

Police said they seized £300,000 of cash, as well as cocaine valued at £600,000 during searches in Newtownabbey on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Three Mercedes cars, an imitation gun and other drugs were also seized as part of the investigation.

The planned searches took place in Ballyhenry and Dalewood areas.

A police spokesman said a suspected cocaine press was found by officers, along with amphetamines, steroids and 30 mobile phones.

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Image caption Police said three luxury cars were seized on the suspicion that they were purchased with the proceeds of crime