Man charged with drugs offences

A 52-YEAR-old man is in custody today after police seized cannabis with a street value of �100,000 during a raid in Ipswich.

A 52-YEAR-old man is in custody today after police seized cannabis with a street value of �100,000 during a raid in Ipswich.

Officers discovered ten kilos of the potent Class B drug known as 'skunk' when they swooped on a property on the outskirts of the town centre.

They also found 74 grammes of cocaine and seized around �10,000 in cash during the raid.

John Byrne, of Henley Road, Ipswich, was one of four people arrested in connection with the discovery by officers carrying out a search warrant at a flat.

Byrne is now facing charges of possessing Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.

The three other people arrested were interviewed by police and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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Byrne, wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey trousers, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich via video-link last Friday.

Magistrates began by explaining to him who was in the court.

Byrne remained seated during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, as the court heard there would be no application for bail on his behalf.

Prosecutor Andrea Reynolds asked magistrates to set a date for a committal hearing so the case could be transferred to crown court.

June 15 was agreed by all parties and Byrne will again appear by video-link on that date.

The three other suspects who were arrested must all return to Ipswich police station to answer their bail on June 17.

They include a 20-year-old Ipswich woman who is suspected of possessing a controlled drug.

A 28-year-old man from Ipswich is currently under suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled substance, while a 29-year-old man from Ipswich is also suspected of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.

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