Man allegedly had €2k of drugs in baby formula tin
Blanchardstown district court
A MAN has been accused of having more than €2,000 worth of cannabis hidden in a tin of baby formula at his home.
Peter Dollard (36) is facing a drug-dealing charge arising out of the alleged seizure by gardai at his address in the west of Dublin.
His case was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.
Mr Dollard, with an address at Foxdene Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at Foxdene Drive on April 10, 2014.
He is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug.
A state solicitor told Judge David McHugh that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.
Sgt Mary Doherty outlined the prosecution's case to allow Judge McHugh to consider whether to accept jurisdiction.
She said that in the course of a search, gardai found cannabis in an SMA tin on the premises, along with several empty deal bags and a red Silvercrest weighing scales.
The cannabis was analysed and found to be worth €2,053, she told the court.
Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.
This means it will be heard in the district court instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.
The judge ordered disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence.
He adjourned the case for four weeks with the consent of defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe.
The accused, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, was remanded on continuing bail.
He did not address the court during the brief hearing.