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Heroin accused had ten wraps of the drug in his body

Two eastern European men have been charged in connection with heroin dealing

TWO eastern European men appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with heroin dealing in Belfast.

Police said ten wraps of the drug were discovered in Maris Ludborzs' body while his co-accused Andrius Medzius had the same amount in his underwear.

Both men were arrested during an operation in the Alexandra Park Avenue area of north Belfast on Tuesday night.

A detective told Belfast Magistrates' Court the pair are allegedly linked to the supply of heroin in the city.

Ludborzs (40) a Latvian national with an address at Broadway, Belfast, and 45-year-old Medzius, a Lithuanian of no fixed abode, are both charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The men were stopped and searched after police on patrol spotted a suspicious exchange.

Although nothing was found, the pair were taken to hospital for intimate examinations.

Ten wraps of heroin with a street value of £250 were found in Medzius' underpants, the court heard.

He was remanded into custody after his lawyer confirmed he plans to plead guilty.

According to the detective another ten wraps were found in Ludborzs' back passage.

His barrister, Michael Boyd, said he accepted possession of the drugs but denied any intent to supply.

Rejecting police concerns about a flight risk, he said Ludborzs has been in Northern Ireland for seven years working as a trained welder until he suffered a serious accident at work earlier this month.

Granting bail, District Judge Liam McNally ordered Ludborzs to surrender his passport and provide a £1,000 cash surety.

Both accused are due back in court next month.

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