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Forkhill man one of two accused of possessing drugs with intent to supply

They were released on their own bail of £1,000 to appear before Newry Crown Court in August

Two men who are charged with offences relating to the possession and supply of Class B drugs will face Crown Court proceedings later this year.

Both men appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Patrick Ward, 21, of Carrickastricken Road in Forkhill, is charged with dangerous driving, being concerned in the supply of Class B, possession of Class B, possession of Class B with intent to supply, possession of Class C, possession of Class C with intent to supply and being concerned in the offer to supply Class B.

Meanwhile, John Martin Gray, 38, of no fixed abode, is charged with two counts of possession of Class B and possession of Class B with intent to supply.

As the charges were read, it was heard that the offences are alleged to have occurred between September 20, and October 3, 2019.

Appearing in court, both men made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Legal representatives made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Eamonn King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer.

Gray and Ward were released on their own bail of £1,000 to appear before Newry Crown Court on August 26 for arraignment.

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