HOTEL OWNER MICHAEL MCELHATTON RE-ARRESTED ON CLASS A DRUG DEALING CHARGES OVER HOUSE RAID

The scene at the Greevnale Hotel in Cookstown where three dies died during crush at hotel party on St Patrick’s night

THE owner of the hotel where three young teenagers died during a crush outside a disco has been re-arrested on drug dealing charges.

In a statement this afternoon, the PSNI say that detectives from its Major Investigation Team investigating the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Saint Patrick’s Day conducted a search at a house in Moneymore yesterday.

During the search, they seized a quantity of suspected Class A drugs.

Michael McElhatton, aged 52, was re-arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

He was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter over the deaths of Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard, both aged 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie.

A 40-year-old man, believed to have been a member of the hotel’s door staff, was also arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

The funerals for the three teenagers will take place this Friday, March 22.

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