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Thursday 17 October 2019

Dad had two guns, cannabis and €15k heroin, court is told

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A young father-of-two has been charged with drugs offences following the seizure of €15,000 worth of heroin as well as six cannabis plants and two guns at an apartment in Dublin.

Gardai raided the north city flat after they noticed a smell of cannabis on the street outside, a court heard.

Lewis Davis (26) was remanded in custody with consent to bail when he appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday.

He is charged with possess- ion of heroin with intent to sell or supply at his home address at Palmerstown Hall, Dominick Street Upper, on September 12.

Gda Caroline Purcell told Judge Bryan Smyth the accused made no reply to the charge after caution.

Gda Purcell said the premises were searched after surveillance. There was a smell of cannabis coming from the property that got stronger when the window was open. It could be smelt down the road.

The accused was allegedly seen discarding a bag out of the back window, the court heard.

The bag contained three ounces of diamorphine, worth around €15,000, the garda said.

Paraphernalia

Gardai also found six cannabis plants worth up to €800 each and a large amount of paraphernalia for the preparation of cannabis and heroin.

This included a vacuum pack machine and bags.

A rifle and pistol as well as ammunition were also recovered and had yet to be analysed by the ballistics section. A number of phones were also seized.

A file was being prepared for the DPP and further charges were likely to be brought, Gda Purcell added.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said Mr Davis had been homeless for a number of years before finally getting accommodation late last year. He feared losing this if not granted bail.

He did not have a passport and had never left the jurisdiction as an adult, Mr Kelleher said. He suffered from "fragile mental health over the years".

Judge Smyth granted bail in the accused's own bond of €500, with no cash lodgment required. He also sought a €6,000 independent surety, half of which must be lodged in cash.

Mr Davis must sign on daily at Mountjoy Garda Station, notify gardai of any change of address and provide a mobile phone number.

He remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail, to appear in court again on Friday.

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