Lurgan woman appears in court over drug offences

Lurgan woman appears in court over drug offences

The case was heard at Lisburn Magistrates' Court.

Jonathan McNabb

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A 24-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with a number of drug offences, including being accused of having £170,000 worth of cannabis at her home address.

Nichaela Maxwell, of Toberhewny Lodge, Lurgan, appeared at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Lurgan custody suite on Thursday, September 9.

The defendant is charged with a count of possessing a Class B controlled drug, namely cannabis, a further charge of possessing a Class B controlled drug, namely cannabis, with the intent to supply, as well as being concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug, namely cannabis, on September 8 this year.

Furthermore, Maxwell faces charges of attempting to import a Class A controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, and attempting to import a Class A controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, on May 5 this year.

The defendant is also charged with attempting to possess a Class B controlled drug, namely cannabis, on May 1 this year.

A police detective spoke to confirm that she could connect the accused to the charges and opposed bail due to “fear” for Maxwell’s safety given the “serious financial loss” of the drugs and that she may commit further offences to pay for the debt.

The court heard that on May 1 this year, Royal Mail intercepted a package of 1052 grams of cannabis “which was addressed” to the defendant’s home address.

Four days later, a package containing 257 grams of methamphetamine was intercepted at Belfast International Airport with a telephone number allegedly linked to the defendant.

It was further explained that yesterday (September 8), a search of the defendant’s address found £170,000 worth of herbal cannabis. The police detective outlined that “an open packet” of the drug was found in a cupboard that the defendant’s young child could have had access to.

Defence Counsel Aaron Thompson admitted there was a “serious Prima Facie case” to answer but queried if Maxwell would commit further offences due to a limited criminal record and the fact she has a young daughter.

An application for bail was refused by due to the defendant being liable to commit further offences.

It was ordered that the case be moved from Lisburn Court Office to Craigavon Court Office jurisdiction.

The defendant was remanded in custody to prison at Hydebank with the case adjourned until Friday, October 1 at Craigavon Courthouse.

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