Monday 20 November 2017

Two set to face trial over €100k of cocaine seized by garda

Udo Okike and Emmanuel Thomas leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Udo Okike and Emmanuel Thomas leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Eimear Cotter

Two men charged after gardai seized cocaine worth about €100,000 on the streets have been sent for trial.

Emmanuel Thomas (44) and Udo Okike (52) were both served with the book of evidence when they appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The pair were arrested as part of a joint, intelligence-led operation between state secur- ity services.

It involved Customs, the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Blanchardstown Garda Drugs Unit.

Mr Thomas, of Avondale Park, Mulhuddart, is charged with possession of cocaine and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply.

He is also charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which applies when the value of the drug is more than €13,000.

The cocaine was allegedly found after the accused's home was searched by officers on October 7 last year.

Mr Okike, of Boulevard Cruise Park, Tyrrelstown, is also charged with possession of cocaine and with having the drug for sale or supply at the same time and date.

He is further charged under Section 15A of the Drugs Act.

State solicitor Anne Collins said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on both men, who go forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the men the formal alibi caution.

He assigned defence solicitor Eddie O'Connor and Valerie Buckley as well as two junior counsel on free legal aid.

Mr Thomas must provide gardai with a mobile phone number and ensure that he can be contacted at all times under his terms of bail.

The men have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges.

Herald

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