Monday 20 November 2017

Man who was seen handing €103,000 of ketamine to another man during surveillance operation is given bail to 'prove himself'

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Aoife Nic Ardghail

A young Dublin man who was seen handing €103,000 of ketamine to another man during a surveillance operation has been released on bail so he can prove he has turned his life around.

Jordan Maher (19) was granted bail pending his sentence in October on condition he gets a full-time job, avoids adverse garda attention and liaises with the Probation and Welfare Services.

Maher of Arthur Griffith Park, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 1.718kg of ketamine worth €103,132 at Maidens Row, Chapelizod, Dublin on June 4, 2015. He has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Daragh O'Toole told John Quirke BL, prosecuting, that he and colleagues had received confidential information about a co-accused. They followed this man's van to Arthur Griffith Park, where he picked up Maher.

The surveillance team followed the van to various locations, including a self storage unit in Kildare, before Maher was seen handing a brown paper bag to another man at Maiden's Row.

Det Gda O'Toole said Maher provided no material assistance in interview. He agreed with Michael Bowman SC, defending, that the intelligence operation had not been targeting his client.

He accepted the transaction would have gone ahead with or without the presence of Maher. The detective further accepted that Maher was a “young, impressionable man” who had been smoking cannabis at the time.

Mr Bowman handed in a number of testimonials to the court and submitted to Judge Sarah Berkeley that his client was unlikely to have further dealings with the co-accused.

Judge Berkeley told counsel that if Maher was to be released on bail for a period, he had to “prove himself” and his maturity level.

She said he must be of good behaviour, remain drug free, take up full time work and contact the probation services.

She said she wanted to see proof of this employment on the next date, before adjourning the sentence.

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