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Man charged over €6.5m of drugs seized by gardai

A man has been charged with drug offences following the seizure of more than 800kg of cannabis in two operations in Kildare and Dublin.

Aaron Dunne (37) was held after detectives carried out two raids on the premises on Friday evening.

The defendant, of Hawthorn Terrace, Drogheda, Co Louth, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis resin and cannabis herb as well as having the drugs for sale or supply. The potential street value of the drugs is €6.5m.

The seizure was the result of a joint operation between detectives at the National Garda Drugs Unit and the Customs service.


They found 180kg of cannabis herb and 630kg of cannabis resin at two premises at Killeen Court in Ballyfermot and in the Tougher Business Park in Naas. It is alleged that the drugs were directly imported from Holland.

Detective Garda Damien O'Farrell said Dunne was arrested and charged at Clondalkin Garda Station at 12.05am yesterday with the four drugs offences.

He was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

Detective O'Farrell said there would be objections to bail. Defence solicitor Conor Ruane said there was no application for bail at this stage. Judge Anthony Halpin remanded Dunne in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

Mr Ruane made an application for legal aid but it was deferred after the garda asked for a signed statement of means.

Dunne, who was wearing a white and blue striped T-shirt, a grey jumper and jeans, had nothing to say during the short hearing.