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Trial for man charged in €13k cocaine case

THIS is the Dublin man who was allegedly caught with more than €13,000 worth of cocaine after drugs gardai raided his home.

Kevin McLoughlin (32) is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court on the charges after the DPP ruled that matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Barnamore Park in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incident took place at his home in Finglas on January 31, 2014.

Mr McLoughlin is also charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the cocaine is more 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 sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr McLoughlin the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling in his defence.

Judge McHugh ordered a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

The judge also ordered that Mr McLoughlin sign on once a week at his local garda station.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Mr McLoughlin has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.