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Friday 20 October 2017

Man accused of having €13k worth of cocaine mixing agent

Gary Gibbs is charged over the possession of benzocaine
Gary Gibbs is charged over the possession of benzocaine

A man has been sent for trial accused of having €13,000 worth of an anaesthetic that is commonly used as a cocaine mixing agent.

Gary Gibbs (32) allegedly had the drug benzocaine in the back of his van when he was stopped by gardai.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Gibbs is charged with being in possession of benzocaine in circumstances that gave rise to the inference that he had it in connection with a drug trafficking offence.

The offence is alleged to have happened on Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, on August 27 last year.

A State solicitor said that a book of evidence was ready and it was served on the defendant.

Refused

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

He then returned the accused for trial to the next sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Gibbs was sent forward on existing bail terms.

Another judge had refused jurisdiction for the case to be heard at district court level.

On a previous date, Gda Declan O'Reilly said the Drugs and Organised Crime Unit had received information that a large amount of benzocaine, which is used in the manufacture of cocaine, was going to be transported.

Mr Gibbs was stopped when he was driving a van, and 27 kilos of the drug were allegedly found in the rear. Values varied, but it was worth around €13,000, gardai said at the time.

The accused, of Fairways, Newlands Manor, Clondalkin, has not yet entered a plea.

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