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Saturday 10 December 2016

€70k cocaine charge may be struck out

Lee McCarthy is charged with having drug for sale or supply
Lee McCarthy is charged with having drug for sale or supply

THE case against a teenager accused of possession of an estimated €70,000 worth of cocaine could be struck out if forensic analysis is not completed, a court heard.

Lee McCarthy (19) is charged with having the drug in west Dublin four months ago.

The case against him was adjourned after Blanchardstown District Court heard the directions of the DPP are still not available.

Mr McCarthy, of Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Neilstown Gardens last February 7.

Sgt Mary Doherty said a certificate of analysis and the directions of the DPP were still outstanding.

There was a “large quantity” concerned, and Sgt Doherty told Judge Alan Mitchell the approximate value was estimated to be €70,000.

She said the prosecution was seeking further time.

The DPP’s directions state whether a case can be dealt with summarily at district court level or should be sent for trial to the circuit criminal court.

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Defence solicitor Thomasina Connell asked how long the DPP’s directions would take.

Sgt Doherty said certificates of analysis took some time and there were delays at the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Judge Mitchell marked the adjournment peremptory against the State, meaning the charges could be struck out if directions are not available on the next date.

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