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Sunday 18 November 2018

Alleged drug dealer is sent for trial after €1m cannabis seized

Kevin Fitzgerald was arrested after a drugs seizure. Photo: Mark Condren
Kevin Fitzgerald was arrested after a drugs seizure. Photo: Mark Condren

A Dublin man charged with drugs offences following a €1m-plus cannabis seizure has been sent for trial.

Kevin Fitzgerald (40) was arrested and charged after detectives from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, assisted by the Special Crime Task Force, carried out a search at an industrial unit in west Dublin.

He was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Sundale Close, Jobstown, is charged with possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incident took place at Kavanagh's Yard, Peamount Road, Newcastle, last December 5.

Mr Fitzgerald is also facing a further charge under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the drugs was more than €13,000.

Caution

Gardai previously estimated the cannabis had a street value of more than €1m.

The court heard the DPP had directed trial on indictment on the charges.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal alibi caution and assigned defence solicitor Wayne Kenny as well as one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Mr Fitzgerald has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the circuit court on a date next month.

As part of his conditions of bail, Mr Fitzgerald must sign on at his local garda station once a week.

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