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Man was caught with €700k of drugs after garda swoop on bag switch plan


Darren King admitted role

Darren King admitted role

Darren King admitted role


A father of five was caught with more than €700,000 worth of drugs at three locations in Dublin last year.

Darren King (34) of Cole Park Road, Ballyfermot, admitted having the drugs for sale or supply in Ballyfermot Road, Cole Park Road and his home on April 23, 2019.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard King's partner's home in Cherry Orchard was under surveillance when gardaí saw him leave the house in a Nissan Qashqai and drive to his own home in Cole Park Road.

He was later spotted taking a large bag from a black 4x4 parked at his home and placing that in the Qashqai. King then drove to Ballyfermot Road where he parked up.

Within minutes a taxi pulled up opposite the Qashqai, two passengers got out and took the bag from the vehicle.

Detective Garda Val Russell said the men returned to the taxi and pulled off. King also left but gardaí intercepted and stopped both vehicles.

One of the taxi passengers fled but the second man was arrested. King was also arrested.

The bag held 5kg of cannabis valued at €102,000.


A follow-up search of the 4x4 revealed a further 29kg of cannabis valued at €590,000 and a further 209 grams of cocaine valued at €15,000.

Det Gda Russell said €800 and Stg£6,900 were found in King's home with a small quantity of cannabis.

King was interviewed and ultimately made admissions to "possessing the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply".

Det Gda Russell said a small amount of cannabis was found on King during interview and he told gardaí he was due to "meet a fella with a sample to let him see what it is like".

He refused to answer some questions, saying he was concerned for his own safety but he accepted that he owned the money. Det Gda Russell agreed with Seamus Clarke SC, defending, that King co-operated with the garda investigation.

Det Gda Russell accepted King gave an account of how he became involved and that King started to use cocaine after he received a serious injury to his back. King got into debt and got involved to pay off his debt.

He accepted King was out on sick leave when he was arrested.

Mr Clarke asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of a Probation Service report. Judge Pauline Codd remanded King on continuing bail and adjourned sentencing until January 29.

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