Men are accused of producing crack cocaine 'in saucepan'

Men are accused of producing crack cocaine 'in saucepan'

THREE men accused in relation to thousands of pounds worth of crack cocaine allegedly found in a saucepan when police swooped on a house in Ballymena have had their cases sent to Antrim Crown Court.

Trevor Hayes (50), formerly with an address listed as Queen Street in Ballymena but now given as the town's Clarence Street; Anwar Iqbal (35), previously of Church Road in Glengormley but now of Clarence Street; and Gareth Law (29), of Larne Road, Ballymena, each face a number of charges including producing crack cocaine on October 12 last year.

Law, who is on bail, appeared in person at Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, whilst Hayes and Iqbal appeared via video link from prison where they are on remand.

Previously, a police officer told Ballymena Magistrates Court, the PSNI searched Hayes' home at 1.45pm on October 12 last year and "a saucepan in the kitchen was observed with suspected crack cocaine present".

She said it was estimated to be 30 grammes worth.  She said the crack cocaine was suspected as being sold in 'deals' of between 0.1 and 0.5 grammes, based on a "mobile phone report".

The officer said the saucepan contained between 60 to 300 'deals' with a 'street value' up to £6,000.

The three accused had their cases sent to Antrim Crown Court in mid-September.