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Friday 2 December 2016

Duo in court after €460,000 of drugs found in house raid

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Approximately €320,000 worth of cannabis herb and €140,000 worth of heroin was found
Approximately €320,000 worth of cannabis herb and €140,000 worth of heroin was found

A man and woman have appeared in court accused of being in possession of €460,000 worth of heroin and cannabis following a garda raid on a house.

Graham O'Toole (23) and Tara Kennedy (21) were both granted bail after they were arrested and brought before Dublin District Court on drugs charges.

Mr O'Toole, of Cherryorchard Crescent, Ballyfermot, and Ms Kennedy, of Ballyfermot Drive, are both charged with possession of cannabis and heroin with intent to sell or supply.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Ballyfermot Drive on October 10.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded Mr O'Toole in custody with consent to bail, while Ms Kennedy was remanded on bail.

Both are to appear in court again on Friday.

Detective Garda Val Russell of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the court Mr O'Toole had nothing to say to any of the charges after caution.

Objecting to bail, he cited the seriousness of the allegations.

He said the house was searched on Saturday afternoon under warrant while Mr O'Toole was present. He alleged that approximately €320,000 worth of cannabis herb and €140,000 worth of heroin was found. He said other suspected controlled drugs were also found, pending analysis.

Ties

He said there was a likelihood of further serious charges being brought.

Applying for bail, his barrister Elizabeth Davey said Mr O'Toole had strong ties to the locality and had a two-year-old child with his partner. His family had clubbed together to raise €3,000 in cash for his bail.

Garda Russell said this would allay his fears in relation to bail.

Judge Walsh said the accused were entitled to a presumption of innocence. He set bail in Mr O'Toole's own bond of €3,000, of which €1,000 must be lodged in cash. He also required an independent surety of €10,000, half of which is to be in cash.

Mr O'Toole must sign on daily at his local garda station, live at an address at Blackditch Road, surrender his passport and observe a curfew between 10pm and 8am.

Detective Garda Edel Kenny said Ms Kennedy replied to the charges: "I don't own any of the drugs." She had no objection to bail under conditions.

Judge Walsh granted bail in Ms Kennedy's own bond of €1,000. Under conditions, she must reside at the same address as her co-accused.

Both were granted free legal aid after Ms Davey said they were unemployed.

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