Man in court on heroin-dealing charge
A MAN has been charged with having mobiles phones in a prison and with possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Brian Rattigan appeared in court yesterday on charges of possessing heroin with an intent to sell or supply, and of possessing two mobile phones in prison.
The 28-year-old was arrested at around 9.30am in Portlaoise prison and charged with the offences.
Rattigan was flanked by a number of gardai when he later appeared at Cloverhill District Court in Dublin. Det Garda Shane Curtis of Sundrive Road Drugs Unit told the court that Rattigan, with an address at Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, made no reply when charged.
Det Gda Curtis listed the five charges to the court, which referred to the possession of heroin for personal use at Hughes Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, on May 21, 2008. He was further charged that on the same date and at the same location he had the drugs in his possession for sale and supply -- worth in excess of €12,500.
The other two charges related to the possession of two phones at Portlaoise prison on the following day.
Mr Justice Brian Sheridan asked if there was to be an application for bail and was told "not today".
Rattigan was remanded in custody to appear on a future date at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He was granted free legal aid..