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In brief: Taxi man jailed for drugs role

A Tallaght taxi driver has been jailed for six years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for his part in a €1.9m drugs operation.

Bernard Fitzsimons (28) was intercepted by members of the Garda National Drug Unit as he attempted to flee the scene of a major cannabis delivery at a business known as the Truck Wash, at Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole.

He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at the same address and further pleaded guilty to possession of €18,000 worth of cocaine for sale or supply at his home address at Glenshave Grove, Tallaght, on September 1, 2009.

The court heard that Fitzsimons had run up gambling debts totalling €6,000.

20-year-old on ammo charge

A 20-year-old man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with having explosive substances and ammunition.

Gerard Carroll, of Ashling Park, Cox's Demesne, Dundalk, Co Louth, was charged with the unlawful possession of explosive substances, namely a "modified 24-volt battery- operated hand tool" on July 9 in Dundalk.

He was also charged with the unlawful possession of eight rounds of .357 Magnum ammunition found in follow- up searches at an address in Ashling Park, Dundalk, on July 10.

Mr Carroll was one of five men arrested by armed gardai last Friday night.

The Special Criminal Court remanded the 20-year-old in custody until next Tuesday.