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Pigeon club man had €350k of cannabis, court told

A DUBLIN man who was allegedly caught with over 30 kilos of cannabis at a pigeon racing club is facing trial on the charges.

Philip Sherry (32) is also accused of possession of a stun gun and a Westlake air rifle, which were allegedly found during a follow-up at his home in Blanchardstown.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP directed that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Fortlawn Avenue, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis, as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

He was arrested after detectives intercepted a car at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on March 24.

Following a search of the car, it is alleged that about 30 kilos of cannabis was seized.

In a follow-up operation, Sherry's house and a warehouse in Blakestown were searched, and a further 30 kilos of cannabis was found. The alleged street value of the seizures is €350,000.

Detective Garda Conor O'Sullivan, from the force's Organised Crime Unit, told Blanchardstown court that he further charged Sherry before the court with eight new offences. The accused was handed a true copy of each charge sheet, and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

The charges relate to the possession of cannabis, as well as having the drug for sale or supply, at Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on March 24.

Sherry is also accused of possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply at his home at Fortlawn on the same day.

He is further charged with possession of two weapons, a stun gun and a Westlake air rifle at his home.

Gda O'Sullivan said the DPP has directed trial on indictment on the charges.

Judge Patrick McMahon adjourned the matter to a date in September.

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