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Ex-fire officer in drugs case faces jail term

A former airport fire officer was allegedly caught with nearly €125,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis at his north Dublin home.

Brendan O'Herlihy (39) was arrested after detectives searched his home in Swords last October and allegedly found the stash of cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin.

He was remanded on continuing bail for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.

The street value of the drugs is €124,525, comprising around €70,000 worth of cocaine and nearly €55,000 worth of cannabis.

O'Herlihy, of Pine Grove Park in Swords, appeared before Swords District Court charged with seven offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977.

He is charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin at his home on October 1 last year.

He is also charged with having the drugs for sale or supply, as well as the sale or supply of drugs worth more than €13,000.

Swords District Court previously heard that O'Herlihy replied to five of the seven charges after caution, saying "I understand, I'm sorry" to three of the charges, as well as "I'm sorry" and "sorry" to two of them. He made no reply to the remaining two charges.

Garda Sergeant Paul Madden said DPP's directions are still outstanding on the charges, and he asked for a further four weeks for directions.

O'Herlihy's defence lawyer said there was consent to the adjournment.

He also applied for legal aid, saying O'Herlihy is unemployed and has no assets. O'Herlihy previously worked as an airport fire officer at Dublin Airport but has since lost that job.

Judge Brian Sheridan granted legal aid to solicitor Matthew Kenny, saying that O'Herlihy is at risk of a prison sentence given the nature of the charges.

He remanded O'Herlihy on continuing bail until October.