Dublin man and Hungarian charged after €1.5m cannabis seizure
Published 06/05/2014 | 13:29
A DUBLIN man and a Hungarian national have been charged in connection with a €1.5 million cannabis seizure at a Dublin business park.
James Slattery (32) and Istvan Bogdan (41) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning on drug dealing charges following yesterday's haul.
Both men were remanded in custody for a week after no bail applications were made on their behalf.
Mr Slattery, of Bawnlea Drive, Tallaght and Mr Bogdan, with an address at Mohacs in Hungary are both charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at Northwest Business Park, Blanchardstown on May 5.
The charges are under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Detective Garda Richie Byrne of the Garda National Drugs Unit told the court he arrested Mr Bogdan yesterday and was present when he was charged at Clondalkin Garda Station at 9.50pm.
He made no reply after caution.
Solicitor Niall O'Conor said Mr Bogdan was making no bail application at this time. He consented to the accused being remanded in custody.
Detective Garda Michael Ormond, also of the GNDU, said Mr Slattery was charged at Finglas Garda Station and also made no reply. His solicitor Michelle Finan said no bail application was being made on his behalf either.
The judge granted legal aid to both accused after hearing gardai were not objecting.
Mr Bogdan, wearing a navy hooded top and jeans and Mr Slattery, dressed in a red t-shirt and blue jeans, remained silent throughout the brief hearing.
Judge Anthony Halpin remanded the defendants in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on May 13.
Detectives from the National Drugs Unit as well as Tallaght District Drugs Unit carried out the search after a truck and a van were stopped. The two accused were arrested at the scene and were detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.