Dungannon man ‘made full admissions to police’ over major drugs haul

Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112
Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112

The cousin of a Dungannon man currently remanded in custody after a huge drugs and cash seizure last week, has made a full admission to police.

Nathan Boyd (20) of Ardglena, Dungannon appeared before East Tyrone Magistrates Court where he was charged with possessing cocaine, methadone and cannabis, all with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of drugs and concealing criminal property.

The charges relate to a detection just outside the village of Caledon during the early hours of May 21.

Further searches recovered an estimated £35,000 worth of drugs and £50,000 in cash, in a haul which shocked police by its size, and with the presence of cocaine, sparked concerns of organised criminal activity.

Exactly one week beforehand, the accused’s cousin twenty-four year old Ashley Boyd from Fairfields Estate, Dungannon was refused bail on charges of possessing the Class A drugs cocaine and MDNA, as well as the Class B drug cannabis, all with intent to supply.

There is an additional charge of concealing criminal property and possessing a quantity of counterfeit currency. A detective constable explained the drugs were concealed in a garden shed at Ashley Boyd’s home and confirmed he denied knowledge of it.

Along with the drugs, various associated equipment including scales, bulking agents, mobile phones and plastic bags were recovered. The same detective arrested Nathan Boyd on Thursday (May 28), and told the court “Full admissions have been made to owning the drugs and items recovered from the shed.”

Referring to the case papers, Judge Meehan said, “The admissions impact on the bail situation for the defendant Ashley Boyd. I want him brought before the first available court to address this.”

There was no application for bail in respect of Nathan Boyd who was remanded in custody to appear by video-link on June 24. On being taken to the cells he gave a thumbs-up sign to a group of family and friends seated in the public gallery.