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Kilkenny man (30) remanded on cocaine charges

Laganside Court Belfast .Pic Hugh Russell.

A KILKENNY man was remanded in custody accused of trying to import a consignment of cocaine from South America into Northern Ireland.

Shane Delaney was detained by Home Office Border Force officials at George Best Belfast City Airport on Sunday.

The 30-year-old of Delouthry is understood to have flown in from London following a trip to Peru.

National Crime Agency (CA) officers charged him with importing a Class A drug after several kilos of suspected cocaine were allegedly recovered.

As Delaney appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday the exact size of the haul was not disclosed.

The accused spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

An NCA officer told the court he could connect Delaney to the alleged offence.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey said he was not in a position to seek bail at this stage.

Instead, District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded the accused in custody to appear again by video-link in a week's time.

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