A FORMER chef has been sent forward for trial by jury at the circuit court accused of offences relating to a major drug seizure in Farranfore in 2005.
Lee Mcmullen, who was living at 77 Scrahan Mews, Ross Road, Killarney, at the time of the seizure was brought before Killarney District Court on Tuesday. Inspector Fearghal Patwell informed Judge James O'connor that the book of evidence containing five drugs-related charges had been served on Mcmullen and he said the DPP had directed that the accused man be forwarded to the circuit court for trial.
Lee Mcmullen was arrested following the seizure by gardaí of €50,000 worth of drugs at Knockaderry, Farranfore, on May 11, 2005. He was susequently charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of sale or supply and with unlawful possession of drugs at Knockaderry and at his home.
After being released on bail, Mcmullen fled to England and had remained on the run ever since. He was arrested by members of the Kerry Divisional Drugs Squad after he stepped off a plane from the UK in Dublin Airport on Tuesday, April 17. Gardaí believe that it was his first time in Ireland since he disappeared seven years previously.
Mcmullen was brought before Killarney District Court on the day of his arrest and has remained in custody after gardaí objected to bail.
Inspector Fearghal Patwell said the gardai's position regarding bail had not changed. Defence solicitor David Ramsay said he would not be making an application for bail however he asked for the case against his client to be added to the Tralee Circuit Court callover list this Friday.
Judge James O'connor granted free legal tonight remanded Mcmullen in custody until the next sitting of Tralee Circuit Court.