Drug accused ‘bought in bulk’ due to Covid-19

The accused appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court via videolink. Credit: Presseye

A man facing drugs charges told police he bought cannabis and amphetamines “in bulk” in case he could not get any more during the Covid-19 pandemic, a court has heard.

Maciej Pomykala, 37 and with an address at Donegall Avenue in Belfast, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court via videolink on Saturday.

He confirmed that he understood the five charges against him.

He is accused of possession of amphetamines and cannabis, possession of the Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, and possessing criminal property.

A police officer told the court she believed she could connect Pomykala to each of the charges.

She outlined to the court that police had carried out a planned search of the accused’s home, uncovering £50,000 in cash, plus 27 wraps of speed and cannabis.

Officers also seized three mobile phones for forensic examination.

The court heard that, when arrested and interviewed, Pomykala claimed he had earned the cash working as a painter and decorator and that he had bought the drugs “in bulk” at Nutts Corner.

The accused’s defence solicitor submitted that, with a clear record and facing a significant delay in the case progressing, Pomykala could be freed on bail with conditions set to address police concerns.

Freeing Pomykala on his own bail of £500, District Judge Mark Hamill said he was granting bail because of his clear record and ordered the defendant to surrender his identity card.

Adjourning the case to 21 August, the judge added that he believed the examination of the phones “will tell the tale”.