Tuesday 24 April 2018

Man (48) appears in court charged over €4m drug seizure

James Manning
James Manning

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with drugs offences following the seizure of an estimated €4 million worth of cannabis.

James Manning (48) was arrested after gardai stopped and searched a truck on the N4 at Lucan.

The accused, with an address at Belclare Avenue in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchatdstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for the purposes of sale or supply.

The drug seizure allegedly took place on the inbound lane of the N4 at Lucan on Friday, December 1 last after gardai stopped and searched a truck.

Mr Manning is also charged under S15A of the misuse of drugs act, where the alleged value of the cannabis is greater than €13,000.

Gardai have estimated that the street value of the cannabis was €4 million.

Garda Tomas Barrett said Mr Manning was arrested at 2.25pm at Lucan Garda Station for the purpose of charge.

Gda Barrett said he was present when Sergeant Paul Moran charged the accused with the three offences.

He said Mr Manning was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

Defence solicitor Michael Finucane said there was no application for bail at this stage.

Judge McHugh remanded Mr Manning in custody to Cloverhill on Thursday.

Mr Finucane applied for free legal aid, but Gda Barrett objected, saying he was "unaware" of the accused's financial circumstances and "investigations were ongoing" at this stage.

Gda McHugh said the legal aid issue can be determined on the next date.

The accused, wearing jeans, a blue t-shirt and grey hoodie, did not address the court during the short hearing.

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