AN alleged drug dealer from Taunton is to face trial accused of organising travel plans to trap a youth in modern day slavery.

Kyle Currie-Newton, 19, of no fixed address in the county town, was ordered to stand trial at Taunton Crown Court when he appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

He is charged with arranging or facilitating the travel on February 6 this year of a youth aged under 18 with a view to him being exploited.

The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

Currie-Newton was charged under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

He is also charged with three other men of conspiring to supply heroin and conspiring to supply cocaine. Both counts are alleged to have taken place between February 1 and October 10.

His co-accused on the drugs charges are Salman Basharo, 22, of Harley Close, Wembley; Christopher Lofton Charles, 23, of Brondesbury Villas, London; and Skirmantas Jonas Gulevicus, 21, of no fixed address in Taunton.

All four men were released on conditional bail and sent to Taunton Crown Court on 8 November or such date as ordered by the court.