May 5, 2016
Seamus Boyce

Seamus Boyce

A RAMELTON man has been described in court as the ‘number one supplier of drugs’ in County Donegal.

The claim was made by a PSNI officer about Desmond Enfield, from Ramelton and with an address at Ray, Rathmullan during a bail application by Seamus Boyce, originally from Ramelton but now with an address at Glenwood Park in Letterkenny.

Enfield, who is 32, and another accused, Kieran Austin, (59), Annesborough Road, Lurgan, and Desmond Enfield, (32), Ramelton, Donegal, also appeared at the same court via video link. They did not apply for bail.

All three are charged with possession of cannabis worth £300,000 (€390,000) on April 22  at Derrymacash, Lurgan, and having it with intent to supply

A PNSI detective told the court that at an industrial estate in Newry 32-year-old Boyce met with Enfield and about an hour and a half later they met with Austin in Derrymacash.

Police discovered in their vehicle 15 kilos of suspected herbal cannabis with a value of £300,000.

The officer said Boyce initially gave an account to police but then over two days replied with no comment or no response interviews.

She told the court that Boyce was a close associate of Enfield who Garda believed was the number one drugs supplier in Donegal.

The officer opposed bail because of the defendant’s current address outside the jurisdiction and that there was a risk of flight.

A solicitor representing Boyce said that his client lived in Letterkenny and did not have far to travel if there was a reporting to police condition of his bail.

He also said that Boyce had believed it was tobacco in the vehicle.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was a ‘completely absurd’ application because the defendant had an address outside the jurisdiction and these were serious charges.

He felt there was a strong risk of flight and remanded Boyce in custody to appear by videolink on May 27.

Austin and Enfield did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody to appear again in court by way of video link on the same date.

Desmond Enfield

Desmond Enfield