Tuesday 27 June 2017

Tanning operator is bailed after €300,000 cocaine seizure

The 37-year-old was charged and brought to appear before Judge Grainne O'Neill at Dublin District Court yesterday (stock photo)
The 37-year-old was charged and brought to appear before Judge Grainne O'Neill at Dublin District Court yesterday (stock photo)

Tom Tuite

A tanning salon operator has been granted bail after he was charged over a seizure of cocaine at a north Dublin apartment.

Gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau including the Serious Crime Task Force supported by local units carried out a search of an apartment at Auburn Park in Castleknock on Monday.

David Tennyson (37), with an address at Carrigallen Drive in Finglas, Dublin, was arrested at his home on Monday and then detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

He was charged and brought to appear before Judge Grainne O'Neill at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Serious

He faces two charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act for unlawfully possessing cocaine at the apartment at Auburn Park and having it for the purpose of sale or supply.

However, Det Garda William Armstrong told Judge Grainne O'Neill that there was a possibility of another serious charge being brought.

He said Mr Tennyson replied "no comment" when the two charges were put to him. Det Garda Armstrong objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

He said the value of the cocaine was in excess of €300,000 and that there was a possibility of a "further serious charge".

Det Garda Armstrong agreed with defence solicitor Richard Young that Mr Tennyson had no prior criminal convictions, and gardaí were satisfied that he lived at his given address.

Mr Young said his client would abide by bail conditions and his wife would offer to act as an independent surety.

The defence solicitor also asked the court to note there was no evidence that he was a flight risk or would interfere with witnesses.

Judge O'Neill said the allegations were serious, but he was entitled to the presumption of innocence. She granted bail in Mr Tennyson's own bond of €5,000, along with an independent surety of €5,000.

The court ordered him to reside at his current address, carry a phone on which he can be contacted by gardaí at all times and to sign on daily at his local garda station.

Mr Tennyson spoke briefly to say "I understand" after the judge read out his bail terms. He will face his next hearing on September 1 at Blanchardstown District Court.

Irish Independent

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