Wednesday 23 October 2019

Four remanded in custody over €3.4m cocaine seizure

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Patrick O'Connell

Two Dutch nationals appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday charged in connection with the seizure of an estimated €3.4m worth of cocaine.

Sugeidus Huve (39) and Bernardos Josef Scherrenberg (47), were charged with possession of cocaine at Liffey Valley in West Dublin last Thursday evening. Both were remanded in custody to appear in court again this Wednesday.

The court heard Scherrenberg has cancer and made no reply when charged at Ballyfermot Garda Station. Gardai said there would be an objection to bail but counsel for Mr Scherrenberg said he would not be applying for bail at this time.

The court heard that Ms Huve made no reply when she was charged. Both defendants were granted legal aid.

In a separate hearing yesterday, Wayne Duffy (45), of Deerhaven Close, Clonee, Co Meath was charged with possession of cocaine at Liffey Valley in West Dublin.

There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody to Cloverhill District court this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Darren Coughlan (46), of Ferryhouse Road, Dunboyne, Co Meath was charged under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. The court was told Mr Coughlan was a passenger in a car that was involved in the alleged movement of illegal drugs at Liffey Valley on Thursday.

Objecting to bail, Garda Darren Caller told the court that 49kg of cocaine, with a total value of €3.43m was seized during the operation.

Judge Murphy refused bail and remanded Mr Coughlan in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court this Friday.

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