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Lock-up search uncovered €1.4m of drugs, ammo, gun parts and GPS trackers

Lock-up search uncovered €1.4m of drugs, ammo, gun parts and GPS trackers

A SEARCH of a “simple lock-up” in Dublin resulted in a seizure of €1.4m worth of drugs, 300 rounds of ammunition, gun components and GPS trackers, a court heard today.

Emmett Fogarty, 45, with an address at Brookhaven Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was granted €10,000 bail after he appeared in court on Monday charged with drugs offences in connection with the haul.

He is accused of possessing cannabis resin and cocaine for sale or supply at a lock-up unit at Mount Dillon Business Park, Brookville Park, Malahaide Road, Dublin 5, on March 31.

Garda Ivor Scully told Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court that Mr Fogarty was arrested in Blanchardstown on Friday evening and taken to Coolock Garda station where he was detained under the Drug Trafficking Act.

He made no reply when he was charged, Judge Halpin was told.

Gda Scully objected to bail on the grounds the accused may be a flight risk.

He said that 20 kilos of cocaine, one kilo of cannabis resin and two kilos of cannabis were found in the lock-up during a search on Friday.

Gda Scully said there was also 300 rounds of ammunition, components for six types of firearms as well as gun barrels and GPS trackers in the storage unit. 

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions are being sought in relation to the other items seized as well as the charges before the court, Gda Scully said.

The accused was in control of the “simple lock-up” rented for €500 a month and had used an alias and false address to obtain it, Gda Scully alleged.

Gda Scully feared the defendant, who did not address the court, would interfere with potential witnesses and he added that further serious charges could be brought.

He also feared the accused would be a flight risk.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Anarine McAllister told the court Mr Fogarty was unemployed, in receipt of €188 a week from the Jobseeker’s Allowance and had previously worked in the hospitality industry.

His wife was present for the hearing and has brought his passport, the solicitor said.

Gda Scully agreed with her that the defendant had a “clean slate” and that a sizeable lodgement and conditions would allay his fears.

Judge Halpin set bail in the accused’s own bond of €5,000 along with an independent surety of €10,000 of which half must be lodged.

He ordered that Mr Fogarty would have to surrender his passport and not apply for another one, reside at his home address and notify gardai of any change, obey a 11pm to 7am curfew there and provide gardai with a contact phone number.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail on these terms and will face his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

Legal aid was granted and the judge also ordered that the accused must get medical attention in custody because he suffers from stomach ulcers.