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PAIR IN COURT AFTER PS50,000 HEROIN FOUND.

Byline: Sam Dimmer CRIME REPORTER

TWO men from Coventry have appeared in court after PS50,000 of heroin was found in a car on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

Craig Allen, 31, and Andrew Clay, 38, appeared before Northampton Magistrates Court on Thursday after they were charged with possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

The court heard the men were driving up the northbound carriageway of the M1 on Tuesday when they were stopped by police.

Officers searched the car and found a sports holdall in the back.

When the bag was searched police found glue around the inside with the heroin stashed underneath.

Prosecutor Sally-Ann Flemmings said initial tests suggested the heroin could be high-purity "China white", which she said is "unusual to find in Northamptonshire".

The drugs weighed roughly one kilo, meaning they had a potential street value of around PS50,000.

Allen, of Rosemary Close, Tile Hill, and Clay, of Philmont Court, Tile Hill, both deny the charges.

The two men say they were sightseeing in London on the day of their arrests and were driving home having taken in the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Bail applications were made on behalf of both men but District Judge John Temperley rejected them and they were both remanded into custody.

The case is due to return to the magistrates' court in June where it is expected to be committed to Northampton Crown Court for trial.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "Officers stopped a car on the M1 northbound on Tuesday and carried out a search of the car. "A quantity of drugs and the car were seized.

"Two men, a 38-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, both from Coventry, were arrested and have been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Apr 27, 2013
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