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Security guard in court after €2.3m cannabis seizure

Andrew Phelan

Published 10/03/2014 | 12:30

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A SECURITY officer has appeared in court on a drug dealing charge following an alleged €2.3m cannabis seizure in the north of the city.

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Brendan Mangan (42) was charged after gardai allegedly made the seizure of cannabis herb at his home during a search on Friday.

He was granted bail subject to conditions at Dublin District Court and remanded in custody until he is able to take it up.

Mr Mangan, a father-of-one with an address at Tonlegee Road, Coolock, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at that address on March 7.

He is also charged with simple possession of the drug on the same date.

The charges are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Garda Joseph McBride told Judge Cormac Dunne he arrested the defendant at Coolock Garda Station at 2.42pm yesterday. He was charged at 2.52pm and made no reply after caution.

The garda said he was objecting to bail.

Gda McBride said his grounds for objecting were the seriousness of the allegations and his belief that the accused was a flight risk.

He said the alleged value of the drugs seized was €2.38m and Mangan was no longer welcome at the rented house where he had been staying.

"My worry would be if he is given bail he will take flight and leave the jurisdiction", the garda said.

He added that although the defendant's passport had been seized, there would be "nothing stopping him leaving the jurisdiction by other means of transport".

"It is likely there will be further serious charges", Gda McBride said.

Applying for bail, Defence Solicitor Matthew de Courcy said the seriousness of the alleged offence was "not lost on my client".

He said Mr Mangan enjoyed a presumption of innocence and could stay at his sister's address.

Judge Dunne granted bail in the accused's own bond of €1,000, with an independent cash surety of €25,000, or two cash sureties of €12,500 each.

Conditions of bail are that he signs on twice daily at Coolock Garda Station, observes a curfew, surrenders his passport and does not apply for a new one.

The address he is to live at is to be notified to the garda for approval. He must be available for "reasonable inspections" at the address to confirm his compliance with the conditions and must provide a mobile phone number at which he is contactable "24/7".

The judge granted free legal aid in the case and remanded the accused in custody, with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on March 12.

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