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Saturday 10 December 2016

Two men charged with €1.5m heroin seizure in south Dublin

Two men charged after the seizure of €1.5m worth of heroin have been remanded in custody
Two men charged after the seizure of €1.5m worth of heroin have been remanded in custody

A truck driver and another man charged with drug trafficking offences following the seizure of €1.5m worth of heroin in south Dublin have been remanded in custody after they appeared before Dublin District Court on Thursday afternoon.

Vincent Halligan (32) and Joseph O'Neill (40) were arrested by gardai on Wednesday evening, August 19, at a petrol station on the Naas Road near Rathcoole following an operation between officers of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau of An Garda Siochana and the Revenue Commissioners Customs Services.

Both men are charged with unlawful possession of heroin contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Seized

They are further charged with unlawful possession of heroin for sale and supply contrary to Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. It is alleged that approximately 10kg of heroin was seized after the interception of two vehicles on the Naas Road.

Detective Garda Eamonn Tighe told Judge Michael Walsh that Vincent Halligan, of St Anne's Villas, Duncormick in Wexford, and Joseph O'Neill, of Clifton Terrace, Ballyfermot in West Dublin, were both arrested and charged with the offences on Wednesday evening.

He said a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for directions, and it may take up to eight weeks for the directions to be received.

Halligan, who was wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans, works as a lorry driver and was granted legal aid following an application by his solicitor, Jonathan Antonioddi.

O'Neill, who was wearing a white t-shirt, a navy sleeveless top and grey tracksuit bottoms, was also granted legal aid.

Both men did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday, August 28.

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