Northern Ireland

Prescription drugs: Men in court over diazepam seizure

Three men have appeared in court charged with illegally buying and selling a large quantity of diazepam.

They were Shah Ali, 22, from Stoke-On-Trent, Liam Clarke, 21, from Ardoyne Road, Belfast, and Paul McClafferty, 33, from Glenview Street, Belfast.

All three were charged with conspiring with others in the control and supply of the prescription drug.

Liam Clarke was also charged with possessing a handgun and other drug offences.

A police officer told Belfast Magistrates' Court were that police seized 30,000 diazepam tablets which were sent to an address in Belfast for distribution.

He told the court they had been sent by Shah Ali.

Before he was arrested last week, police said the former university student threw his mobile phone into a canal.

On Friday, a 45-year-old woman appeared in court charged with conspiracy to supply class C drugs.

Kelly Clarke, of Ardoyne Road in Belfast, also faced a charge of being concerned in the supply of diazepam between 1 August last year and 16 April this year.

She was granted bail.

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