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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man sent for trial after €400,000 cannabis seizure

Ronald Flynn had to surrender his passport Picture: Damien Eagers
Ronald Flynn had to surrender his passport Picture: Damien Eagers

A man charged with drugs offences following the seizure of an estimated €400,000 worth of cannabis has been sent forward for trial.

Ronald Flynn (53) had the book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Flynn was charged after a car was stopped in west Dublin following a joint operation between the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenue and Customs.

The accused is charged with possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The incident allegedly took place at Citywest Avenue, Citywest Business Park, last November 19.

Gardai previously alleged that they seized 20kg of cannabis during the operation and the drug had an estimated street value of €400,000.

A State solicitor said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charges.

Mr Flynn was further charged before Blanchardstown court under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the cannabis is greater than €13,000.

Caution

Det Gda Willie Armstrong said gardai were consenting to the existing bail being extended to the new charge sheet.

The State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on Mr Flynn, of Hill View, Mount Prospect, Mount Nugent, Co Cavan, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal alibi caution.

The judge also assigned def-ence solicitor Conor Ruane and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh further assigned a second senior counsel on legal aid when he heard the estimated value of the cannabis was €400,000.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Flynn must reside at his home address and sign on at his local garda station.

He has also surrendered his passport and supplied a mobile phone number to gardai so he can be contacted by them.

The accused has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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