Tuesday 20 August 2019

Pensioner charged in connection with €2.5m drug seizure

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A PENSIONER has been charged in connection with the seizure of €2.5m worth of drugs at a house in Co Meath.

Cancer sufferer Ronald Gordon (70) was refused bail when he appeared in Dublin District Court today on drugs charges.

Mr Gordon, with an address at Gaywood Avenue in Kirkby, Liverpool, is charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Sarsfieldstown in Gormanston, Co Meath.

Garda Brian Fahy told Judge Grainne Malone the accused made no reply to the charges after caution at Ashbourne Garda Station and was handed copies of the charges sheets.

Gda Fahy said he had “serious objections” to bail.

He said a four bedroom house at Sarsfieldstown was searched under warrant on May 8 while the accused was present.

Cannabis and cocaine with an estimated value of €2.5m was located.

Items were found in three of the four bedrooms, including the accused’s, the garda said.

The accused was a UK national with no ties to this jurisdiction and was “only renting the property in Gormanston.”

He had an English passport and had flown in and out of the jurisdiction in the last number of weeks and months, Gda Fahy said.

He flew into this jurisdiction on Wednesday, the court heard.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Michael French said the accused was presumed innocent. He said Mr Gordon had suffered from medical issues and his period of detention had been suspended for four hours so he could attend Beaumont Hospital.

Mr French said that  documents were found at the house stating Mr Gordon had cancer of the back and had a tumour removed, although there was no documentation in court to show this. A consultant’s letter indicated he was fit to travel.

The accused was interviewed six times and denied all knowledge of the drugs and having “any part” in the allegations, Mr French said. He told the court he believed the charges were "premature."

Gda Fahy said enquiries were ongoing and further charges could be brought.

The gardai had the accused's passport, which had been seized, Mr French said. Mr Gordon was “not a well man,” and may not receive the required medical attention in prison and would be vulnerable, Mr French continued.

The accused could lodge a “significant amount” of cash if granted bail, and would abide by conditions, Mr French said.

The judge said she had to have regard to the amount of drugs seized.

Remanding Mr Gordon in custody to Cloverhill District Court on May 17, she directed that he receive all necessary medical attention and granted free legal aid.

The court heard the accused was not working.

Mr Gordon, wearing a green jacket, blue and white striped shirt and grey jeans, did not address the court.

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