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Two men appear in court following £300,000 Co Armagh drugs seizure

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Two men have appeared in court following the seizure of £300,000 worth of drugs in County Armagh on Tuesday.

Mark Smith, 45, from Lissummon Road in Newry and Gervase Anthony Henry, 51, of Drumalane Park, Newry were travelling in a when they were stopped by detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit.

While none of the facts were outlined in court, police say the drugs had an estimated street value of around £300,000.

£86,000 in cash was also seized during the policing operation.

A number of searches were also conducted at properties within the County Armagh and Down areas.

The men, who appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court, via videolink from Banbridge Custody Suite, confirmed their names to the court and that they understood the charges against them, which include possession of Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs, possession of criminal property and being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs.

Neither of the accused’s defence counsel made an application for bail during the brief hearing before District Judge Bernie Kelly.

The case was adjourned until Thursday. Both were remanded into custody at Maghaberry Prison.

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