Two charged following raids as part of investigation into the international supply of drugs
Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with an investigation into the international supply of drugs following raids on a premises in Ashbourne Co Meath on Wednesday.
Michael Smullen (31) from Ashdale Close in Kinsealy Co Dublin, and Keith Donoghue (37) from Swift Grove in Clonshaugh in Dublin 17, were brought before Trim District Court this morning.
Both were charged with possession of drugs and possession with drugs for sale or supply.
Detective garda William Armstrong told judge Cormac Dunne that he arrested and charged Smullen last night at Ashbourne garda station and when charged Smullen had replied “no” to each charge.
Garda Donal Donoghue told the court he arrested and charged Keith Donoghue last night and that the accused had made no reply to the charges.
The court heard that it is alleged both men were working together at a lockup in Muckerstown, Ashbourne Co Meath on Wednesday November 15 when Gardai searched the premises.
It is alleged Smullen was making cardboard boxes and that Donoghue, who came out of a back office with a ‘tick list’, was packing the boxes with cannabis.
Det Garda Armstrong said that cannabis weighing 311kg and valued at €6.2m was found on the premises.
Both men applied for bail but it was objected to on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges and the lengthy sentences that could result from those charges.
Bail was denied but both men were granted free legal aid.
They were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill court on November 24.