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Two charged over garda drug seizure worth €650k

Andrew Phelan

Published 05/10/2013 | 13:43

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Keith O'Brien, 36yrs, from Rutland Avenue in Crumlin, who has a current address at The Crescent, West Park, in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, pictured leaving court yesterday(Fri) after he appeared before the District Court sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ).Pic:Paddy Cummins
Keith O'Brien (36) from Rutland Avenue in Crumlin, who has a current address at The Crescent, West Park, in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, pictured leaving court after he appeared before the District Court sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ).Pic:Paddy Cummins

TWO Dublin men have been charged with drugs offences after gardai seized €650,000 worth of heroin.

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John Paul Gantly (30) and Keith O'Brien (36) were granted bail when they appeared in court charged in connection with the haul, made at two locations in the south of the city.

Their cases were adjourned until December 13 at Dublin District Court for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

APARTMENT

The drugs were allegedly found after gardai stopped the accused and a third man, with a further seizure made in a follow-up search at an apartment.

John Paul Gantly (30), with an address at Dolphin House, Dolphin's Barn and Keith O'Brien (36) of The Crescent, Westpark, Citywest, Rathcoole, are charged with possession of heroin with intent to supply.

The charges relate to a seizure of heroin at the Crumlin Road on October 2 last.

O'Brien is further charged with the same offence at his home address on the same date.

caution

Giving evidence in O'Brien's case, Garda Patrick McAvinue said when he charged the defendant at Irishtown Garda Station on Thursday night, he made no reply after caution.

Garda McAvinue objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charge and he believed O'Brien was a flight risk.

He withdrew this objection when defence barrister Edel Gilligan handed in the accused's passport.

Judge Victor Blake granted bail in Mr O'Brien's own bond of €500 on condition that he continues to live at his home address and notifies gardai of any change in this. He must also observe a curfew.

He is to sign on daily at his local garda station and not apply for any travel documents.

Garda Eoin Carroll told the court co-accused John Paul Gantly replied “no” after caution when charged.

He had no objection to bail. Following an application by solicitor Richard Young, Judge Blake granted bail in Mr Gantly's own bond of €300.

His conditions were that he signs on at a garda station three times per week, surrenders his passport, and has no contact with anyone else involved in the case.

The third man who was arrested was released without charge, with a file being prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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