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Tuesday 12 November 2019

€2.5k drugs found with three phones and scales, court told

Aonghus O’Reilly is facing trial on cocaine chargesY
Aonghus O’Reilly is facing trial on cocaine chargesY

A Dublin man accused of having nearly €2,500 worth of cocaine in a car in the south of the city is facing trial on drugs charges.

Aonghus O'Reilly (44) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence after a judge ruled it was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Mr O'Reilly, of no known address, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

He is also charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, with the drugs alleged to have been found at Donnybrook Road in an incident last year.

A garda sergeant told judge Michael Walsh that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court, subject to jurisdiction being considered.

Grinder

Asked by the judge what the value of drugs involved was, the sergeant said the accused was alleged to have been found in possession of €2,288 worth of cocaine and cannabis worth €203, a total of €2,491.

The judge said the amount of cocaine was significant, and asked if it was in one amount or broken up in several amounts.

The sergeant said the cocaine and cannabis were allegedly found in the central console of a vehicle.

Gardai also found three mobile phones, a large amount of cash, weighing scales and a grinder, the court was told.

Judge Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.

He adjourned it to a date next month for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The defendant, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead, was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

He was remanded on continuing bail.

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