Food producer caught smuggling hallucinogenic drug into Dublin airport
A Monaghan food producer is facing trial accused of unlawfully importing 8.5kilos of a powerful hallucinogenic drug which he claims is a legal substance.
Marcus McCabe (56) with an address of Burdautien, in Clones, appeared at Dublin District Court to face a charge under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
He is accused of unlawfully importing a substance called N,N-Dimethyltryptamine at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport on November 13, 2014. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had directed summary disposal meaning the case should remain in the district court which can impose a 12-month sentence for the offence.
Judge Conal Gibbons asked to hear an outline of the prosecution evidence.
Garda Brian Fahy told the court it was alleged that Mr McCabe was stopped at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 carrying 8.5 kilos of the brown liquid substance.
Defence solicitor Michael French told the court that his client would be contesting the charge adding, “he believes that the substance is in fact legal”.
Mr French said it was a hallucinogenic substance and Mr McCabe thinks it was legal and he had brought to court sworn affidavits in relation to the drug.
He is adamant that he will be contesting the case, the solicitor also said.
Judge Gibbons said while the DPP had directed summary disposal he was of the opinion that the district court was not suitable to deal with this type of matter.
Judge Gibbons said there was a “considerable amount” and given its substantial quantity he was refusing jurisdiction.
This means he will have to face trial before a jury in a circuit court which can impose a two-year sentence for this offence.
Judge Gibbons adjourned the case until date in November for further directions to be obtained from the DPP. A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.
At an earlier stage, Mr McCabe was granted legal aid. He had told the court he ran a small business which was supplied by a farm he owned.
No evidence was given as to the value of the substance seized.