Friday 22 March 2019

Gardaí failed to find drugs and rifle in bed during raid

Garda Marguerite Reilly gave evidence that she took part in the search. Stock image
Garda Marguerite Reilly gave evidence that she took part in the search. Stock image

Alison O'Riordan

Gardaí failed to find millions of euro in drugs and an assault rifle stashed in a bed when they carried out a search of a house during a "very fast-moving operation", the Special Criminal Court has heard.

In her opening address, prosecution counsel Fiona Murphy SC said that the owner of the property later cleared out the premises and found "what appeared to be a large amount of controlled drugs and a firearm" at the base of a bed.

Michael Brady (54), with an address at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin, is charged with possessing €1.5m worth of cocaine, €1.26m worth of heroin, an assault rife and more than 180 rounds of ammunition at a property at Sallins Bridge, in Sallins, Co Kildare, on January 24, 2017.

Mr Brady has pleaded not guilty to all nine counts on the indictment.

It is the State's case that forensic evidence links Mr Brady to some of the items found at Sallins Bridge and to the address itself.

Garda Marguerite Reilly gave evidence that she took part in the search of the Sallins Bridge house.

Under cross-examination by Dominic McGinn SC, defending, Gda Reilly said she did not search underneath the bed in the bedroom.

"It was a very fast-moving operation and we had to react to information received to go to another search site," she said, adding that in error, she did not brief anyone before she left the premises as to what search she had carried out in the bedroom.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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