Wednesday 26 October 2016

Two men to face trial over €300k cannabis seizure

Darren White.
Darren White.
William Farrell

Two men charged with drugs offences after gardai seized an estimated €300,000 worth of cannabis have been sent forward for trial.

William Farrell (50) and Darren White (41) were arrested by detectives from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau after officers stopped and searched two cars in the Finglas area of Dublin.

The pair are facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the district court.

Mr Farrell, with an address at Donard Avenue, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, is charged with possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incident took place at the N3 road, Kilshane in Finglas on October 30 last year.

His co-accused, Darren White, with an address at Primrose Grove in Darndale, also appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply.

These offences are alleged to have occurred at the car park of The White House Public House, North Road in Finglas on the same date.


Mr Farrell and Mr White are further charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the cannabis is greater than €13,000. The estimated street value is €300,000.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused men, who go forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Judge David McHugh gave the two men the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitors Conor Ruane and Dara Robinson, as well as two junior counsel, were assigned on free legal aid.

Given the seriousness of the charges, the solicitors requested that a senior counsel also be assigned to each case.

Judge McHugh also assigned two senior counsel for the circuit court trial.

The judge further ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to their legal teams.

As part of their bail conditions, they must sign-on once a week at their local garda stations.

Mr Farrell and Mr White have not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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