Man had 'drugs in paper bag', court told
A West Dublin man had more than €4,000 worth of cannabis in a shopping bag when he was stopped by gardai on a street near his home, it has been alleged.
David McMahon (36) had the case against him adjourned after he appeared in court on drugs charges.
McMahon, with an address at Foxdene Park, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at nearby Foxdene Gardens.
He is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug.
The DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.
At Blanchardstown District Court, Judge David McHugh asked to hear an outline of the allegations so he could consider jurisdiction.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said it was alleged the accused was stopped on March 19, 2015 while he was carrying a black paper shopping bag.
It was searched and gardai allegedly found a quantity of cannabis inside with a value of €4,218, Sgt Callaghan said.
Judge McHugh said it was "on the threshold" but he accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.
This means it can be heard at district court level instead of being sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater potential sentencing powers on conviction.
The charges are under the Misuse of Drugs Act.