Man will plead not guilty to cocaine charge

David Munroe
David Munroe

A businessman has made his first appearance at court accused of having cocaine with a street value of £70,000.

David Munroe, 24, of Douglas Avenue, Stalmine, who owns a sunbed shop and trades in cars, is charged with possessing 352 grams of cocaine with intent to supply the drug.

He also faces a charge of possessing 28 grams of cannabis.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on December 30 last year at Knott End.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, opposed bail for Munroe.

Defence lawyer, Steven Townley, said his client had indicated he would plead not guilty to the offences.

Munroe was refused bail and remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Preston Crown Court on June 22, on the direction of Blackpool magistrates.

Earlier this week, police appealed for help to trace Munroe, understood to have links to Stalmine, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Salford and Cumbria.

DS David Priest appealed to the community to help trace him – and asked for Munroe to hand himself in to officers.

It’s understood he was arested after being pulled over in a car by police on Abingdon Street, Blackpool.