A man has appeared in court charged with cocaine supply offences after police discovered up to £104,000 worth of the drug in a car in Newtown. 

Andrew Cornelius Debont was up before Welshpool magistrates on Tuesday, June 21, in relation to an incident on the A483 Newtown bypass in October 2020 in which, it is alleged, officers found 831.41 grams of the Class A drug in a vehicle.

Debont, 48, entered no pleas to a total of three charges put to him when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 21.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said Debont, of Townsend Avenue, Sedgley, in Dudley, was arrested following a police stop on a Vauxhall vehicle on the Newtown bypass on October 22, 2020.

Debont entered no pleas to two charges of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A.

Nor did he enter a plea to a third charge of failing to comply with a section 49 notice ordering him to disclose the key to protected information, in relation to an iPhone.

The total value of cocaine involved in the case is said to have a potential street value of between £83,000 and £104,000.

Naseer Adalat, acting for Debont, made no representations and the case was committed to the crown court after magistrates declined jurisdiction.

Debont will make his first appearance at Mold Crown Court on July 19. He was granted unconditional bail.