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Sunday 4 December 2016

Truck driver accused of transporting more than €1m of cocaine through Dublin Port

Cocaine was discovered in a haulage vehicle at Dublin port
Cocaine was discovered in a haulage vehicle at Dublin port

A TRUCK driver was caught transporting more than €1m worth of cocaine through Dublin Port after arriving on a ship from the UK, it has been alleged.

Maurice McCreesh (37) was arrested following a joint operation between officers of the Revenue Commissioners' Customs Service and the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

He was granted bail under strict conditions when he appeared in Dublin District Court today on drugs charges.

He was remanded in custody until he is able to take up the cash bail - which was set at €10,000.

Mr McCreesh, a father-of-three of Main Street, Forkhill, Newry, Co Down is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Dublin Port on Saturday, September 12.

Detective Garda Tim Casey told the court he arrested the defendant at Store Street Garda Station for the purpose of charging him.

He made no reply after caution.

Objecting to bail, Detective Garda Casey cited the seriousness of the alleged offence and the value of drugs involved - €1,050,000.

The alleged circumstances were that the accused was stopped in a truck in which he was the sole occupant, the garda said.

There was “no effort to conceal the drugs in the vehicle,” Det Gda Casey added.

He also cited the likelihood of further, more serious charges being brought and the potential sentence on conviction.

He said the accused resided outside the jurisdiction, in Northern Ireland.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Amanda Connolly said Mr McCreesh was separated from his wife but two of his children were living in this jurisdiction and he had regular contact with them.

His partner was in court and was allowing him to live at her address, Ms Connolly said.

Mr McCreesh was prepared to abide by any bail conditions, Ms Connolly said.

Judge Anthony Halpin granted bail in the accused’s own cash bond of €10,000.

Conditions are that he resides at the address provided, surrenders his passport and signs on every day at Navan Garda Station. He is to observe a curfew and undertake not to leave the jurisdiction without the consent of the gardai.

Ms Connolly said Mr McCreesh had never been in trouble before and has lost his job as a result of the case, which was a “shock to the system” for him.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on September 18.

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