Sunday 21 January 2018

Landlord and tenant charged after gardai seize €2.1m of drugs

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A landlord and his tenant have appeared in court on drugs charges following the discovery of an estimated €2.1m worth of cannabis in a garage.

Declan Cosgrave (52) and Kevin Murphy (25) were remanded in custody with consent to bail at Dublin District Court. They are to appear again next week.

Mr Cosgrave is accused of possession of 300kg of cannabis resin found in a garage at his home address at Donaghmede Park on February 13.

Mr Murphy allegedly had a smaller amount of cannabis herb worth €3,000 in his bedroom at the same address, where he was a tenant.

Gardai also alleged that €70,000 worth of cocaine was found at the house, though no charge has yet been brought in relation to that drug.

Mr Cosgrave is charged with possession of cannabis resin and Mr Murphy is charged with having cannabis herb, both with intent to sell or supply.

Gardai had objected to bail in both cases.

Gda Killian Foley said he charged Mr Cosgrave at 8.30pm on Monday.

The court heard Mr Cosgrave is the occupier of the house in question and the owner, his mother, is in a home.

Gda Foley said Mr Cosgrave supplied the key to the locked shed or garage where the cannabis resin was allegedly found.

The cocaine was allegedly found in a bedroom controlled by Mr Cosgrave, and in the garage, the officer said.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Ann Fitzgibbon said Mr Cosgrave has medical problems including asthma and a collapsed lung

He had no cash to put up for bail and nobody to stand surety for him, she said.

Judge Cormac Dunne granted bail.

Under bail conditions, Mr Cosgrave must sign on twice daily at Coolock Garda Station and observe a curfew.


Gda Stephen Donnelly said Mr Murphy made no reply when he was charged at Clontarf station at 8.18pm on Monday.

He said he made admissions about the €3,000 worth of cannabis herb allegedly found in his bedroom.

Solicitor Peter Connolly said Mr Murphy "denied any know-ledge or culpability" in relation to what was found in the shed

The court heard Mr Murphy, with a home address at Mount Olive Park, Kilbarrack, is an out-of-work chef.

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