Pensioner drug accused refused bail

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A pensioner accused of possessing £150,000 worth of drugs has been refused bail.

William Duncan, of Moore Street, is charged with possessing cannabis and amphetamines with intent to supply, simple possession of the class B drugs and being concerned in the supply of cannabis and amphetamines.

The 68-year-old is further charged with possessing and concealing criminal property on February 25.

A previous court hearing was told that six kilograms of suspected amphetamine and over four kilograms of cannabis were allegedly discovered in a hot press at the property in the Waterside.

Yesterday, Derry Magistrates Court heard the 68-year-old was applying for bail because he has a number of health issues, including prostate cancer.

Police opposed bail on the grounds that Duncan has convictions for similar offences in another jurisdiction and has international connections.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating the risk of further offences or flight was ‘too high’.

Duncan was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on September 4.