Monday 24 October 2016

Landlord and tenant remanded in custody following the discovery of an estimated €2.1m worth of cannabis in garage

Andrew Phelan

Published 16/02/2016 | 14:24

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A LANDLORD and his tenant have appeared in court on drugs charges following the discovery by gardai of an estimated €2.1 million worth of cannabis in a garage.

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Declan Cosgrave (52) and Kevin Murphy (25) were both remanded in custody with consent to bail at Dublin District Court.

Mr Cosgrave is accused of possession of 300kg of cannabis resin found in a garage at his home address at Donaghmede Park on February 13 last.

Mr Murphy allegedly had a smaller amount of cannabis herb - €3,000 worth - in his bedroom at the same address, where he was a tenant.

Gardai also alleged that €70,000 worth of cocaine was found at the house, though no charge has yet been brought in relation to that drug.

Mr Cosgrave is charged with possession of cannabis resin and Mr Murphy is charged with having cannabis herb, both with intent to sell or supply.

Gardai had objected to bail in both cases.

Garda Killian Foley said he charged Mr Cosgrave at 8.30pm yesterday.

The court heard Mr Cosgrave is the occupier of the house in question and the owner, his mother, is in a home.

Garda Foley said Mr Cosgrave supplied the key to the locked shed or garage where the cannabis resin was allegedly found.

The cocaine was allegedly found in a bedroom controlled by Mr Cosgrave, and in the shed, the garda said.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Ann Fitzgibbon said Mr Cosgrave has medical problems; he has asthma, his lung collapsed and he has a sleeping disorder.

He was struggling to keep his mother in a home and had no cash to put up for bail and nobody to stand surety for him, she said.

Judge Cormac Dunne remanded Mr Cosgrave in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €20,000, or two sureties of €10,000 each.

He must sign on twice daily at Coolock Garda Station and observe a curfew.

Garda Stephen Donnelly said Mr Murphy made no reply when he was charged at Clontarf Station at 8.18pm yesterday.

He said Mr Murphy made admissions about the €3,000 worth of cannabis herb allegedly found in his bedroom in the house.

Applying for bail, his solicitor Peter Connolly said that over the course of six interviews, Mr Murphy answered questions to give an account that was “consistent with innocence” in relation to the large quantity found in the shed.

He “denied any knowledge or any culpability” in relation to it.

The court heard Mr Murphy, with a home address at Mount Olive Park, Kilbarrack, is an out-of-work chef.

He furnished another address for the purpose of bail.

Judge Dunne remanded him in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €200, and an independent surety of €3,000, or two sureties of €1,500.

Both men are due to appear in Cloverhill District on February 23.

The judge also directed medical attention for Mr Cosgrave while he is in custody.

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