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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man facing trial after €500k cocaine and heroin seizure

David Clancy (24) has not yet entered a plea to the charges
David Clancy (24) has not yet entered a plea to the charges

A young man is facing trial on drugs charges following the seizure of an estimated €500,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in west Dublin.

David Clancy (24) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Clancy, of Oatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to sell or supply.

He is also charged with simple possession of both drugs.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Oatfield Avenue on February 16.

The case came before Judge David McHugh for the DPP's directions to be made available.

State solicitor Mary Kate Halpin said the directions were for the case to go forward on indictment.

This means it is to be dealt with at circuit court level.

Ms Halpin sought an adjournment for the preparation of the book of evidence.

The accused's lawyer consented to this.

Ms Halpin said there may be additional charges "of the same nature" being considered by the DPP.

Judge McHugh remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again next month.

Mr Clancy initially appeared in Dublin District Court last February.

At that time, Garda David Charles of the Ronanstown Drugs Unit, said he arrested the defendant and brought him to Ronanstown Garda Station, where he was charged. He made no reply to any of the charges after caution, Garda Charles said.

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

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