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Man remanded in custody after appearing in court on drugs offences

Harrison appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court on seven charges

A BELFAST man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on drugs offences.

Paul John Harrison, from Global Crescent, has been charged with seven offences linked to the seizure of drugs in east Belfast this week.

Suspected amphetamine base was discovered, along with several thousand tablets and a quantity of suspected cocaine during a search by officers from the PSNI's Belfast District Support Team in the Ravenhill Road area of the city on Thursday. A large sum of cash was also seized during the search.

Harrison appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court on seven charges arising from the seizure. These include possessing the Class A drug cocaine with intent to supply, producing the Class B drug amphetamine, and possessing the Class C drugs Xanax and Diazepam.

The 37-year old confirmed he understood the charges levelled against him.

When a police officer was asked if she understood the "facts the circumstances" of the case, she said she did. The officer also told the court she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.

After a barrister for Harrison said "there will be no application for bail at this stage", Harrison was remanded into custody by District Judge Austin Kennedy. He will appear before the same court on May 4.

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