Friday 17 November 2017

Security officer in court after €2.3m drug seizure

Some of the cannabis herb which was on display at Garda Headquarters yesterday
Some of the cannabis herb which was on display at Garda Headquarters yesterday

Andrew Phelan

A SECURITY officer has appeared in court on a drug dealing charge following a €2.3m cannabis seizure in the north of the city.

Brendan Mangan (42) was charged after gardai seized the cannabis herb, following a search.

He was granted bail subject to conditions at Dublin District Court and remanded in custody until he is able to take it up.

Mr Mangan, a father of one with an address at Tonlegee Road, Coolock, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at that address on March 7.

He is also charged with simple possession of the drug on the same date.

Garda Joseph McBride told Judge Cormac Dunne he arrested the defendant at Coolock garda station at 2.42pm yesterday. He was charged at 2.52pm and made no reply after caution. The garda said he was objecting to bail. Gda McBride said his grounds for objecting were the seriousness of the allegations and his belief that the accused was a flight risk.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Matthew de Courcy said the seriousness of the alleged offence was "not lost on my client".

Judge Dunne granted bail in the accused's own bond of €1,000, with an independent cash surety of €25,000, or two cash sureties of €12,500 each.

The judge granted free legal aid in the case and remanded the accused in custody, with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on March 12.

Irish Independent

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