“Flight risk” man on €500k drugs charge bailed

Barry Drive in Finglas
Barry Drive in Finglas

A DUBLIN man accused of having €580,000 worth of drugs was arrested at Dublin Airport after flying home from a holiday in the US.

John Brown (31) was arrested and charged with having the heroin, cocaine and cannabis which was seized by gardai at a neighbour’s house last year.

Judge David McHugh granted him bail and adjourned the case for a week.

Mr Brown, of Barry Drive, Finglas, is charged with possession of the three drugs with intent to sell or supply at another address in Barry Drive on August 17 last year.

Gda John Brennan told Blanchardstown District Court that he arrested the accused at arrivals at the airport on Wednesday and took him to Finglas Garda Station.

He made no reply to the charges after caution.

Gda Brennan said Mr Brown was accused of possession of €400,000 worth of heroin, €100,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis valued at €80,000.

Objecting to bail, the officer said he believed the evidence against the accused was strong and that he was a flight risk.

He said there was also a possibility of further charges being brought.

The defendant’s father lived in Liverpool and Mr Brown was “going over and back quite a lot”.

“I fear he might not return,” Gda Brennan said, adding that there was fingerprint evidence against the accused.

Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy said Mr Brown lived in Dublin with his partner and had been to the US with her on a holiday, which had been paid for by a member of the family.

Mr De Courcy said the accused’s father was dying of cancer and he needed to travel to Liverpool to be by his side in his last days.

The solicitor said his client had given gardai his own explanation for the purported fingerprint evidence.

The drugs involved were found at a neighbour’s house, not at Mr Brown’s, he said.

Two other accused had been granted bail.

Judge McHugh granted bail to Mr Brown in his own bond of €200 and an independent surety of €9,000.

He remanded the defendant in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.