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Dad charged over €500,000 drugs seizure

A FATHER-of-one has been charged in connection with a €500,000 cocaine and cannabis seizure following the discovery of what gardai described as a drugs "factory" in west Dublin.

Darren Raymond (44) appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday on drug-dealing charges following hauls in 
Ballyfermot and Tallaght.

Judge John O'Neill granted bail and remanded the defendant in custody until he is able to take it up.

Mr Raymond, with an address at Lough Conn Terrace, Ballyfermot, is charged with four counts of possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to sell or supply at his home and at the TNT Depot, Tallaght, on August 9.

The prosecuting garda told the court he arrested the defendant last Friday at 3.50pm.

He was later re-arrested for the purpose of charge at Tallaght Garda Station and had nothing to say to any of the charges after caution.

The garda objected to bail on grounds of the nature and seriousness of the charges and the strength of the proposed evidence.


He said the sale or supply charge carried a maximum term of life imprisonment on conviction and there was a possibility of further charges being brought in the case.

The garda said two searches were carried out and an alleged "drugs factory" was discovered at the accused's home, with a large amount of cocaine and cannabis, as well as two cocaine "presses". A further seizure was made at the depot in Tallaght.

The value of the drugs allegedly found was "in excess of €500,000", but the garda said this was subject to analysis.

It was alleged that the defendant made full admissions in relation to the ownership and distribution of the drugs.

The defendant's lawyer said Mr Raymond was caring for his 16-year-old son.

Judge O'Neill granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €10,000, with a €5,000 cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that he lives at his father's home in Tallaght, surrenders his passport and does not apply for a new one.

He must also sign on daily at Tallaght Garda Station. The judge remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.