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Man sent for trial over haul of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA

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Declan Lyons has yet not indicated how he will be pleading

Declan Lyons has yet not indicated how he will be pleading

Declan Lyons has yet not indicated how he will be pleading

A young man charged with drugs offences following the seizure of a substantial amount of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy has been sent for trial.

Declan Lyons (23) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Hazelwood Crescent, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA as well as having the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply.

The incident allegedly took place at Hazelwood Crescent on February 22 last year, the court heard.

Mr Lyons is also charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the drugs is greater than €13,000.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Seriousness

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Lyons the formal alibi caution.

He also assigned defence solicitor John Shanley and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Lawyer Amy Heffron sought a second counsel, citing the seriousness of the Section 15A charge.

Judge McHugh said he would assign a senior counsel on legal aid.

The judge further ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr Lyons, who is working, has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

The court heard there was no objection to him being sent forward for trial on the same bail terms.

The accused is expected to make his first appearance before the circuit court later this week.


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