#Encrochat News: Belfast man awaiting trial on Encrochat-linked drugs charges refused bail
Want to download our mobile encryption system ? Want to test it ? We have a trial version for you , find out more:
A Belfast man awaiting trial on drugs charges linked to the encrypted Encrochat network was refused bail today.
James Thomas McGrogan is one of a number of defendants charged with offences arising from an investigation into suspected drug dealers who used the platform to carry out international criminality.
The 36-year-old, from Ardenlee Drive, appeared at Belfast Crown Court via a video-link from HMP Maghaberry where a bid to release him on bail was made by defence barrister Aaron Thompson.
Raising the issue of delay, Mr Thompson said the 13 Encrochat-linked drugs charges levelled at his client — which include possessing cocaine with intent to supply — date back to 2020.
The barrister told Judge Mark McGarrity there was “no prospect of him getting a trial date before Easter of next year.”
Rejecting suggestions there was an undue delay in the case, a Crown barrister said McGrogan's release was being objected to primarily on the grounds he would re-offend.