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Jury convicts man over involvement in €29m cocaine operation

Sonya McLean

Published 07/11/2013 | 14:12

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A FATHER of four has been convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury for his involvement in a €29 million cocaine operation.

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Abraham Shodiya (44) of Carnlough Road, Cabra, had pleaded not guilty to four charges of possessing cocaine for sale or supply and two charges of possessing cocaine at Enterprises Services Unit 1, Old Quarry Campus, North West Business Park, Ballycoolin and Maldron Hotel, Kiltipper on June 26, 2012.

The jury of nine men and three women took almost three hours to convict the man unanimously on all six charges. It was day 11 of the trial.

Judge Desmond Hogan told the jurors that the jury system is “the corner stone of our justice system” and added that it was “a very fair system”. He thanked the jury for its care and attention during the trial.

He remanded Shodiya in continuing custody and adjourned the case to next month for sentence.

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