Dad charged over €1.8m drug haul
A Lithuanian man has been charged in relation to an estimated €1.8m drug seizure at Dublin Port on Saturday.
Alvydus Simkus (55), of Smith's Lane, Co Limerick, appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at a special sitting of Dublin District Court yesterday. He faced six charges, three of possession and three of possession for sale or supply, of cocaine, MDMA powder and ketamine found as part of a joint intelligence-led operation by the Revenue's Customs Service and Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
Detective Garda Ronan Doolan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He said Mr Simkus arrived on a ferry from Liverpool and was stopped at customs. He said a search of the vehicle yielded two boxes containing drugs in the cab, and another in a compartment.
He said the drugs were worth an estimated €1.8m.
Mr Simkus's solicitor, Andrew Vallely, said his client, a truck driver, is a married father of two grown-up children.
The judge denied bail but granted legal aid, and remanded Mr Simkus to Cloverhill Prison to appear on April 6.