Two men are charged over €2.8m drug seizure
Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with a €2.8m heroin and cocaine bust in west Dublin.
Pat Burnell (34) and Joseph Hickey (41) were brought before Dublin District Court charged with drug dealing offences.
Their arrest followed the seizure of drugs from a car that was stopped after leaving a lock-up on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght on Wednesday night.
Judge John Coughlan remanded Mr Hickey in custody after his solicitor made no bail application.
He granted bail to Mr Burnell (pictured) under strict conditions and adjourned the cases after hearing further charges may be brought against both men. Mr Hickey, of Ulster Street, Phibsboro, and Mr Burnell, a furniture removal man of Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, did not address the court.
They are each charged with possession of both heroin and cocaine with intent to sell or supply on October 28. Neither man replied to the charges after caution.
Mr Burnell's solicitor, Tracy Horan, made a bail application on his behalf. Objecting, Sgt Brian Cagney said he believed Mr Burnell was a flight risk and could flee the jurisdiction.
"Was he allegedly caught in the act?" Judge Coughlan asked in relation to the charges.
"Yes," Sgt Cagney replied.
Ms Horan said Mr Burnell was living with his wife and two young children and working with his father. Mr Burnell's father was "a respectable man" and was in court and prepared to act as surety in the event of bail being granted.
Judge Coughlan granted bail in Mr Burnell's own bond of €20,000, with no cash lodgement required. His father was approved to stand as independent surety in the sum of €10,000.
Mr Burnell must sign on weekly at Tallaght Garda Station and surrender his passport.
Judge Coughlan remanded him on bail to appear in court again on a date in December.