Pensioner from Lisburn Road charged over £254,000 MDMA seizure at Dubl…

Police in the Republic have arrested a Belfast pensioner over a seizure of more than £254,000 worth of MDMA.

Around 5.5kgs of the drug were found stashed in boxes of pottery and toys after a Bus Eireann coach arrived into Busaras in Dublin on Monday.

Chinese-born Peter Lam, 78, from Lisburn Road, was arrested while he allegedly retrieved boxes from a storage compartment.

He appeared at Dublin District Court on Wednesday charged with possessing drugs for sale or supply.

Garda Kieran Stapleton said the OAP replied “I have nothing to say” when charged.

He objected to bail due to the seriousness of the case.

Irish police estimated the MDMA was worth £254,000, and additional there was a possibility of further charges.

Garda Stapleton alleged Lam travelled on Bus Eireann from Northern Ireland with boxes stored in the undercarriage.

A meaningful quantity of white strength was found in pottery and under padding and children’s toys.

It has been confirmed to contain MDMA, he said.

He told estimate Bryan Smyth the accused was a Chinese citizen and lived outside the jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Michael French said his client denied all knowledge of the drugs.

The pensioner was a UK citizen and had lived in Belfast for 60 years, Mr French said.

The solicitor submitted that his client would be unprotected in custody due to his age and he had been on medication.

He argued the case would likely go to the Circuit Court, where the trial may not be heard for another two or three years.

He additional an address could be found in the jurisdiction and he would obey bail terms.

estimate Smyth set bail in his bond of €1,000 (£850).

He remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

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