Two men in court charged in connection with €2million drugs seizure
A 52-YEAR-OLD man and his lodger have appeared in court charged in connection with a €2.1 million cannabis seizure in Dublin.
Gardai from the Santry crime task force allegedly recovered €2.1 million of cannabis resin when they raided a garage at rear of the home of Declan Cosgrave at Donaghmede Park in north Dublin on Saturday.
Mr Cosgrave is charged with possessing the cannabis resin for the purpose of sale or supply.
It is also alleged that €3,000 worth of cannabis herb was found in the bedroom of his tenant Kevin Murphy (25).
Mr Murphy, a chef originally from Mount Olive Park in Kilbarrack in north Dublin, is charged with having the cannabis herb for the purpose of sale or supply.
The pair appeared at Dublin District Court today.
They were remanded in custody with consent to bail with requirements for independent sureties, in the sum of €20,000 for Mr Cosgrave and €3,000 for Mr Murphy, to be approved.
They will face their next hearing on February 23 at Cloverhill District Court.
Once bail has been taken up they must sign on twice daily at their local garda station, obey curfews, surrender passports and not apply for duplicates to be issued and be contactable by mobile phone at all times.
Garda Cillian Foley, who arrested Mr Cosgrave, told Judge Cormac Dunne that he was objecting to the 52-year-old being released on bail.
He said he feared the man would not turn up to court and his objection was based on the seriousness of the offence.
He said the 300kgs of cannabis resin was found in a garage at the back of the man's house.
It was alleged that €70,000 worth of cocaine was found at two locations, in Mr Cosgrave's bedroom and in the garage, however, there are no charges at present in relation to that.
The court heard he has no money. He had been getting a carer's allowance for his mother who has since moved into a nursing home and he is now applying or a disability allowance.
He is the occupier of the house but it is his mother's home.
Defence solicitor Ann Fitzgibbon said it was likely her client would face trial on indictment. Garda Foley agreed with her that Mr Cosgrave had given him the keys to the garage.
She said her client has health problems including asthma and a sleep disorder and medical attention was ordered for him during his time on remand in prison.
Garda Stephen Donnelly said the co-defendant Mr Murphy could face further charges and he was concerned the man may try to avoid justice.
His solicitor Peter Connolly told the court that his client denied all knowledge of the drugs recovered from the garage at the rear of the property.