Co Armagh man is sent for trial after appearing before Craigavon court on serious drug charges

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A Co Armagh man, accused of drug offences including a charge of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, has been sent for trial.

Ryan John Crawford, aged 32, from Barrack Hill, Armagh appeared via video link before Craigavon Magistrates Court charged with a number of drugs offences.

His lawyer said his client was appearing via video link for the Preliminary Enquiry as he had Covid.

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Craigavon courthouse. Picture: Tony Hendron.Craigavon courthouse. Picture: Tony Hendron.
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Crawford is accused of possession of a Class B controlled drug, namely cannabis on February 6, 2021. He also faces a charge of offering to supply a Class A controlled drug, namely cocaine on January 7, 2021. He is further accused of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug, namely cocaine on February 9, 2020. He faces a fourth charge of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug, namely cannabis, on February 9, 2020.

The charges were read to Crawford and he replied ‘yes’ when asked if he was aware of the charges against him.

A prosecutor told the court that she submitted, on behalf of the Crown, that there is a prima facie case. Crawford’s lawyer said there were no contrary submissions.

Asked if he wanted to say anything in relation to the charges, Crawford replied: ‘No.”

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Asked if he wanted to tender a written statement of evidence, Crawford replied: ‘No.”

Deputy District Judge Paul Copeland said he was satisfied there is a prima facie case and direct his return for trial to the Crown Court sitting in Craigavon on October 3 with a pre-arraignment review of September 12, 2024.

Crawford was released on his own bail of £500.