Irish trucker in court over massive cocaine find

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
15 kilos of cocaine were discovered in a haulage vehicle at Dublin Airport
15 kilos of cocaine were discovered in a haulage vehicle at Dublin Airport

A 37-year-old truck driver charged following a seizure of just over €1m worth of cocaine at Dublin Port has been remanded on continuing bail pending directions from the DPP.

Officers of the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service and the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau discovered approximately 15 kilos of cocaine following the interception of a haulage vehicle that had just arrived at Dublin Port from the UK on September 12th.

Father-of-three, Maurice McCreesh, 37, of Main St, Forkhill, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, was arrested and held at Store Street Garda station where he was charged with possessing the cocaine with intent to supply, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Det Sergeant Tim Casey had said Mr McCreesh "made no reply" after he was charged. The value of the drugs was estimated to be €1,050,000.

In September he had been granted €10,000 bail and today he appeared again at Dublin District Court.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him on continuing bail to appear again in February.

He has been ordered to reside at an address in the midlands and also has to sign on regularly at Kells Garda station.

Earlier in the proceedings, during a bail hearing, his solicitor had said the defendant has family living in the republic, has ties to this jurisdiction and was able to provide an address here.