Chinese student remanded on money laundering charges

An accountancy student has been remanded in custody on money laundering charges linked to a £560,000 cannabis seizure in Belfast.

Ying Han Zhao appeared before the city’s magistrates’ court following her arrest in England as part of an investigation into a suspected sophisticated drug importation racket.

She is charged with converting £66,500 in criminal property and conspiracy to convert criminal property.

The 24-year-old, of Dolphin Square, Pimlico in London, was refused bail due to the risk she may attempt to flee.

The cannabis haul was recovered from an apartment in the Donegall Quay area of Belfast on October 8.

Two men have already been charged with importing the drugs and intention to supply.

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