Truck driver caught with €1m worth of cocaine at Dublin Port charged over huge haul

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The driver was allegedly caught with the drugs at Dublin Port on Saturday
The driver was allegedly caught with the drugs at Dublin Port on Saturday

A 37-YEAR-OLD truck driver has been charged following the seizure of just over €1m worth of cocaine at Dublin Port on Saturday morning.

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.

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.

He appeared before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court yesterday/today (mon). Det Garda Tim Casey told the court Mr McCreesh "made no reply" after he was charged.

Det Gda Casey objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and the alleged value of the drugs, estimated to be €1,050,000. He agreed that Mr McCreesh made no effort to conceal the cocaine.

Defence solicitor Amanda Connolly asked the court to grant bail to Mr McCreesh adding that he has two children living in the republic, has ties to this jurisdiction and was able to provide an address here.

The court heard the trucker has lost his job.

Judge Halpin set bail at €10,000 cash and ordered that Mr McCreesh would have to reside at the address offered, sign on daily at Navan Garda station, surrender his passport, obey a 11pm to 7am curfew and not leave the jurisdiction without agreement of Det Gda Casey.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail under these terms and will face his next hearing on September 18th at Cloverhill District Court. Dressed in a navy fleece jacket, blue jeans and white runners, Mr McCreesh, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, remained silent throughout the proceedings.