Three men who are accused of producing over 260 cannabis plants will face Crown Court proceedings in next month.

William Jeffrey Cardwell, 55, of Main Street in Coagh, John Gabriel Lynn, 72, of Charlestown Road in Lurgan, and Martin Traynor, 54, of Fashglashagh Road in Dungannon, are all charged with a single count of producing Class B.

They appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

As these charges were read, it was heard that the offence is alleged to have occurred on June 16, of 2017.

Appearing via videolink from their respective solicitors’ offices, all three men made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.