Tuesday 25 October 2016

New charge in €70,000 cocaine case

Lee McCarthy (19) faces serious drugs charges
Lee McCarthy (19) faces serious drugs charges

Gardai have brought a new charge against a teenager accused of possessing an estimated €70,000 worth of cocaine.

Lee McCarthy (19) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence at Blanchardstown District Court.

McCarthy, of Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin, had been accused of having cocaine for sale or supply.

He is now facing the more serious charge of possession of more than €13,000 worth of the drug for sale or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Neilstown Gardens, Clondalkin on February 7, 2015.

The prosecution has withdrawn existing charges.

Garda John McWeeney told Judge David McHugh he put the new, more serious charge to the defendant before the court sitting and he made no reply after caution.

The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment.

This means it will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge McHugh extended bail to cover the new charge.


Previously, the court heard there was a "large quantity" of drugs concerned and the approximate value was estimated to be €70,000.

When the DPP's direction had not been issued on a previous date, the court heard certificates of drug analysis took some time as there had been delays at the Forensic Science Laboratory.

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