Tuesday 17 October 2017

Teen charged with possession of €70,000 worth of cocaine

Lee McCarthy of Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin. Charged with possession of cocaine for sale or supply.
Lee McCarthy of Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin. Charged with possession of cocaine for sale or supply.

Andrew Phelan

A teenager has been sent for trial charged with possession of an estimated €70,000 worth of cocaine.

Lee McCarthy (19) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr McCarthy, of Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin, is accused of possession of more than €13,000 worth of the drug for sale or supply.

The offence, under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, is alleged to have happened at Neilstown Gardens, also in Clondalkin, on February 7, 2015.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr McCarthy the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He then sent him forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr McCarthy has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge and did not address the court during the brief hearing. He was remanded on continuing bail.

Previously, Garda John McWeeney said the defendant made no reply to the charge after caution.

Analysis

The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment.

Garda McWeeney said there was a "large quantity" of drugs concerned and the approximate value was estimated to be €70,000. When the DPP's direction had not been issued on a previous date, the court heard certificates of drug analysis took some time and there had been delays at the Forensic Science Laboratory.

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