£130k cannabis haul 'smuggled from China

26-year-old man has been in court in Belfast charged in connection with what a magistrate described as a "sophisticated and organised" drug smuggling operation between China and Northern Ireland.
Jianren Yu from Castlereagh Street in the east of the city was charged with having £130,000 worth of cannabis with intent to supply five days ago.

A detective said the drugs were found in a package which had been delivered to Yu's address where he lived with his wife and their five-year-old child.

The detective objected to bail for Yu, a Chinese national.

He said Yu had tried to interfere with the PSNI investigation. He said Yu was at least a facilitator if not the director of the importation of the drugs.

He said another man had already been charged in connection with the drugs but he added that police believed Yu knew the identity of a third person who was involved.

The detective said police also feared that Yu would leave Northern Ireland if he was freed on bail.

The detective said that the drugs had been sent in a package from China to Yu's address and it was thought there had been numerous similar deliveries.

Yu's solicitor said Yu thought the package contained cigarettes and clothes.

Magistrate Fiona Bagnell refused bail. Yu was remanded in custody until 1 August.