Saturday 19 August 2017

Dad-of-one charged after €500k heroin seizure

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Andrew Phelan

A father-of-one has been charged in connection with a €500,000 heroin seizure in Dublin.

Paul Byrne (27) was arrested and brought before Dublin District Court on drugs charges after gardai raided his home in Crumlin on Monday.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded him in custody for a week when no bail application was made on his behalf today.

Mr Byrne, with an address at Saul Road Crumlin, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply.

The offence, under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act is alleged to have happened at that address on February 6.

He is also facing a related charge of simple possession of the drug.

Garda Rioghnach O’Sullivan told Dublin District Court the accused was arrested for the purpose of charge at 7.05pm yesterday evening at Sundrive Road Garda Station.

He was charged in her presence at 8.05pm and made no reply after caution. He was then handed copies of the charges.

Garda O’Sullivan said she would be objecting to bail but defence solicitor Michael French said he was not applying for bail today, having consulted with his client.

He said there would probably be a bail application on the next court date.

Garda O’Sullivan told Judge McNamara the DPP’s directions were not yet available.

Judge McNamara remanded Mr Byrne in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on February 15.

Mr French said there may be a bail application then. He applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Byrne was not working, was in receipt of social welfare and had one child.

Judge McNamara granted legal aid after hearing there was no garda objection.

The accused, wearing a navy tracksuit and black runners did not speak during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

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