Friday 23 August 2019

Men charged over seizure of almost €800,000 of cannabis

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Olivia Kelleher

Two men have been charged in connection with a drugs haul in Cork over the weekend during which gardai seized almost €800,000 worth of cannabis herb.

Michael O'Leary (44), from the Orchards, Mahon, was charged with six offences and Eddie Murphy (48), from Hazel Road, Togher, was charged with four offences.

The men appeared at a special sitting of Cork District Court yesterday.

Mr O'Leary is charged with possession and possession for sale or supply of 5.5kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €110,000 at Kent Railway Station, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, on Friday, June 21.

He is also charged with possession and possession for sale or supply of 30kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €600,000, also at Kent Railway Station on the same date.

He is charged with a further two offences of possession and possession for sale or supply of another 4kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €80,000 at Kent Road, ­Ballyphehane in Cork on the same date.

Mr Murphy (48) is charged with possession and possession for sale of supply of 5.5kg of cannabis and possession and possession for sale or supply of 30kgs of cannabis, all at Kent Railway Station on June 21.

Det Garda Declan Keane gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in respect of Mr O'Leary. The court was told Mr O'Leary made no reply when the six charges were put to him after caution.

Det Garda Patrick O'Sullivan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to Mr Murphy. He said Mr Murphy made no reply to any of the charges put to him after caution.

Inspector James Hallahan told the court that gardai had no objection to bail once certain conditions were met, including that they sign on daily at Togher Garda Station. In the case of Mr O'Leary, he also agreed to abide by a 11pm to 7am curfew.

Both men were granted legal aid after the court heard they were in receipt of disability allowance.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded the men on their own bonds of €400 to appear in court again on Wednesday, June 26.

Irish Independent

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