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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Two brothers granted bail over €3m drugs seizure

JIM CUSACK

Published 19/04/2014 | 19:12

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Dublin Criminal Court

Two Polish brothers charged with possessing €3million worth of drugs were granted bail despite strenuous objections by gardai.

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Judge Patrick Clyne set a surety of €25,000 each for Marcin Szymala, 30, and his brother Slawoumir, 28, who were arrested on Thursday as part of a major operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit.

Six other men appeared in the District Court yesterday on charges arising from the same operation at various locations across Dublin and Co Meath. All eight were charged with possession with intent to supply drugs under Sections 3 and 15 Misuse of Drugs Act.

They are Keith Donovan, 26, from Cabra; Alan Wallace, 46, from Kilcronin Close, Clondalkin; Ivan Tihon, in his thirties and with no fixed abode; Jakob Kodzinski, also in his thirties from north Dublin; Jason Hughes, 31, from Clondalkin; and Graham Kavanagh, in his thirties with an address in Dublin 2. All were granted bail for sums between €1,000 and €1,500.

 Detective Garda Gerry Daly strongly objected to bail in the cases of the Szymala brothers saying they posed a “serious” flight risk; they had no ties to this jurisdiction; no children or families here, no jobs here and they lived at various addresses while here.

 Det Garda Daly said the value of the drugs in question was €3.1million.

 Barrister Mark Lynham for the brothers told Judge Clyne that had established roots and ties here and that they had come here and initially worked as plasterers. He said Marci worked as a DJ and his brother earned €300 a week as a car valet.

 Mr Lynham said the brothers’ girlfriends and their mother, Ewa, were in court and this showed their ties to the jurisdiction. He said Mrs Szymala worked as an economist for the Polish government and though this was not a well-paid job she was prepared to give it up and move to Ireland to be with her sons and ensure they met whatever conditions were set for bail.

 Det Garda Daly objected further saying Mrs Szymala was “on a week’s holiday here” when her sons were arrested.

   Judge Clyne set similar conditions for all the accused, that they report twice weekly to garda stations and surrender their passports.

 Giving evidence at the remand of Alan Wallace, Detective Garda Daragh O’Toole of the GNDU said he anticipated that more serious charges were to follow.

 All were arrested on Thursday morning and held at garda stations in Dublin after officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit stopped several cars and vans in Dublin and Meath and raided an industrial unit in Navan.

 Several separate seizures were made and gardai also recovered five pistols and a machine-pistol of Russian manufacture. Officers recovered 150kg of cannabis herb, 200kg of cannabis resin, around 100,000 ecstasy tablets and a powder believed to be cocaine.

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