A pensioner charged with a litany of drug importation offences following the seizure of an estimated £900,000 worth of suspected cannabis was denied bail earlier today (Wednesday).
Newry Magistrates’ Court heard how police believed the 72-year-old, who has no record in this jurisdiction, was part of a “sophisticated organised crime gang” which was active both in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.
Yue Chen Ju, of Hillview Terrace in Banbridge, appeared in court facing a total of 11 charges at Newry Magistrates’ on Wednesday, via videolink from police custody.
The accused is charged with: eight counts of attempted possession of Class B, fraudulent importation of Class B, possession of criminal property and conspiracy to supply Class B.
After he confirmed that he understood the charges he faced, with the help of an interpreter, Ju was connected by a constable.