Truck driver charged in relation to €1million cocaine seizure given bail

Truck driver charged in relation to €1million cocaine seizure given bail

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 the preparation of a book of evidence.

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 Sept. 12.

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.

An additional charge was also brought in connection with the seizure, for possessing drugs with a value in excess of €13,000, which on conviction can result in a 10-year jail sentence.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment meaning a Circuit Court trial. He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again at the district court in July when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

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.