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Friday 24 February 2017

€100k drugs case suspect is sent for trial

Jason Kearney has been remanded on bail
Jason Kearney has been remanded on bail

A man accused of having more than €100,000 worth of prescription-only drugs for illegal supply at his home has been sent for trial.

Jason Kearney (36) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court for charges related to the possession of the drugs.

He was sent for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court by Judge David McHugh.

Mr Kearney, of Foxborough Rise, Lucan, is charged with unauthorised possession and supply of phenazepam and zopiclone.

He is also charged with possession of trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine with intent to sell or supply.

The charges are mainly under the Medicinal Products (Control of Placing on the Market) Regulations. One count is under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The offences are all alleged to have taken place at Mr Kearney's home on May 28.

Other charges against the accused had been withdrawn by the State.

Mr Kearney had been before the court several times since the charges were brought against him.

Warning

A State solicitor said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment and was consenting to the defendant being sent forward to the next sittings of the circuit court.

A book of evidence was ready and was served on the accused.

Judge McHugh gave him the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details within 14 days to the prosecution.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming told Judge McHugh that the value of the drugs involved in the case was a "six-figure sum".

"I think it is over €100,000," he said

Judge McHugh remanded Mr Kearney on bail under existing terms and conditions pending his trial.

He ordered disclosure of the accused's garda interview to the defence.

The judge granted free legal aid after hearing Mr Kearney was in not working and was in receipt of social welfare.

There was no objection by gardai.

The defendant did not address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Previously, Gda Neil McGrath said the accused made no reply when he was arrested and cautioned.

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