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Man in court over £140k cannabis seized in Belfast

Dong was remanded into custody.

A 36-year-old man has appeared in court charged with importing and possessing £140,000 worth of cannabis seized from a vehicle in Belfast on Monday.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday the Class B drugs had been imported from Spain.

The drugs were posted to a house at Ainsworth Avenue and police recovered them from a vehicle they stopped nearby on Monday 27 March.

Biyong Dong, a Chinese national from Melrose Street in the city, is accused of importing a controlled drug, possession of a class B controlled drug and possessing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

He also faces a further count of using a motor vehicle without insurance.

Around six kilos of cannabis was found inside packaging seized from the car.

The consignment was said to have been sent from Madrid.

Bail was opposed due to the alleged risk of re-offending.

During police interviews Dong claimed he had been at the Ainsworth Street address to carry out odd jobs.

He said the man employing him had phoned and asked if he would bring a package delivered to the house to a petrol station in another part of the city.

A defence solicitor said his client denies the charges and stressed he had answered all questions put to him by detectives.

Granting bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick ordered Dong to report to police three times a week.

He is due to appear back in court next month.

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Police investigating report of sexual assault on woman in south Belfast

Detectives investigating the alleged sexual assault of a woman in south Belfast last week wish to speak to a man who was in a bar in the city centre on the same evening.

The incident took place in or near the Agincourt area of Belfast on Tuesday 21 March.

Police are keen to speak to a man who was in licensed premises in the Ann Street area of the city from approximately 7.30pm on this date, as they believe he may be able to assist them with their enquiries.

He is described as being 6ft tall and of average build with a shaved head. He was wearing a grey hooded top, a jacket and jeans and spoke with a North American accent.

This man, or anyone else who was in the area at the time and witnessed any suspicious activity, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 929 24/03/2017.

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