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Two suspects in court after €2m cannabis seizure

Two suspected drug dealers have been charged in connection with the seizure of more than f2m worth of cannabis resin in a south Dublin industrial estate.

Alan Boggans (35) and Stephen Grant (36) were allegedly caught with 500kg of cannabis resin, which has a street value of €2.3m.

A third man, Bernard Fitzsimmons (29), is also facing serious drugs charges after he was arrested by gardai in a follow-up operation.

The trio are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.



Arrested

Boggans, of Peamount Road, Newcastle, Co Dublin, and Grant, of Neilstown Avenue, Clondalkin appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis resin and having the drug for sale or supply.

It is alleged that they were arrested by officers from the Clondalkin Drugs Unit in a yard at Celtic Truck Wash and Parking, College Road, Greenogue Industrial Estate, Rathcoole, on September 1, 2009.

In a follow-up search on the same day, a third man, Bernard Fitzsimmons, was arrested for possession of cocaine and having the drug for sale or supply at his home at Glenshane Grove in Tallaght.

He has been charged with four counts of possession of drugs and having them for sale or supply.

New charges were preferred on Boggans and Grant before Blanchardstown court last Friday. The charges, under Section 15(A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, relate to the sale or supply of drugs with an estimated value of over €13,000.



Witness

A garda witness said the men were charged at 10.30am before the court and presented with true copies of the charge sheets. They made no reply to the charges after caution.

The State Solicitor said that the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court in relation to the offences.

The court heard that a comprehensive investigation had been conducted by drugs officers, and over 80 witness statements had been taken.

The men, who are all in receipt of free legal aid, were remanded on continuing bail by Judge Hugh O'Donnell to a date in February for the service of the book of evidence.

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