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Dad-of-four gets bail in €500k drugs case

A DUBLIN father-of-four charged in connection with a €500,000 cocaine haul has been granted bail at Dublin District Court.

Brian Campbell (42) appeared in court charged with having cocaine for sale or supply following the 7.5kg cocaine seizure in the city centre at the weekend.

He was arrested after detectives from the Organised Crime Unit backed up by drugs officers stopped a car at Cornmarket Place, Dublin.

Cocaine worth an estimated €500,000 was found in the car and during a follow-up search at a nearby premises.

Judge John O'Neill granted Campbell bail, but cash sureties totalling €15,000 will need to be lodged before he is released.

During his bail hearing, defence solicitor Jenny McKeever said Campbell, an unemployed maintenance worker, is not a man of means and is not on the dole.

Campbell, of Teeling Way, East Wall, was remanded in custody until tomorrow, with consent to bail. Some of Campbell's family, including his mother and partner, were present in court for the hearing.

Detective Garda John Paul Flanagan told the court he arrested Campbell at 1.15pm on August 15 at Pearse Street Garda Station and charged him with possession of cocaine and having the drug for sale or supply. He made no reply to either charge.

Det Flanagan objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offences. He also said he had concerns that if released Campbell would fail to appear to answer the charges.

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Ms McKeever said Campbell accepted the charges were serious, but he is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Ms McKeever said the accused has never even been in a courtroom before and is not a flight risk, as he is a father of four children and is rooted in the community.

The solicitor said the cocaine was found in two places, with the smaller quantity, about €100,000 worth of the drug, allegedly found in a car in which Campbell was sitting.

Judge O'Neill granted Campbell bail in his own bond of €500.

He also sought an independent surety of €30,000, with €15,000 in cash, or alternatively two independent sureties of €15,000, with €7,500 cash each.

He will appear at Cloverhill court tomorrow.

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