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'quality issue' Man charged with having €14,000 of cannabis worth 'more like €50', says lawyer


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Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne

A DUBLIN man charged with having €14,000 worth of cannabis has questioned the value placed on the drug.

Stephen Byrne (45) has claimed the value of the drug was "nowhere near €14,000, more like €50".

His solicitor John Hennessy said he wished for the plant material to be examined, saying it was a "quality issue".

Judge Cephas Power adjourned the matter for three weeks to allow the State to provide disclosure to the defence.

The accused appeared before Swords District Court charged with possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for the purposes of sale or supply.

The cannabis was allegedly found at the accused man's home at Castlegrange Way in Swords on May 9, 2020.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary trial in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Mr Hennessy said the forensic report did not refer to the alleged quality of the cannabis, and it was the defence position that the quality was poor and the value of the drug was "absurdly nowhere near €14,000, more like €50".

Mr Hennessy said he had two questions. First, where was the plant material, and secondly, could the defence examine it.

A State solicitor said the forensic report gave a weight and the value came from the weight.

Mr Hennessy said he was entitled to full disclosure to the issue he was raising.

Judge Power ordered the parties to resolve the issues amongst themselves.

Mr Byrne has not yet indicated a plea to the charges

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