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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Man accused of having €13k of ecstasy for sale in his home

Anthony Coffey, from Clondalkin, was remanded on bail
Anthony Coffey, from Clondalkin, was remanded on bail

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of having more than €13,000 worth of ecstasy for sale or supply at his home in the west of the city.

Anthony Coffey (25) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday.

Mr Coffey, of Shancastle Close, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of ecstasy, worth in excess of €13,000, with intent to sell or supply.

He is also charged with related counts of sale or supply and simple possession of the same drug.

The offences are alleged to have happened at his home address on July 26, 2017.

A state solicitor said a book of evidence was ready and it was served on Mr Coffey by a garda sergeant.

The DPP was consenting to the accused being returned for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the solicitor said.

Alibi

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He also made an order for the prosecution to furnish the defence with a copy of the accused's garda interview video.

He remanded Mr Coffey on bail under existing conditions.

The judge granted free legal aid following an application by the accused's lawyer.

There was no garda objection.

The accused stepped forward when his case was called and took the book of evidence when it was handed to him.

He did not address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Mr Coffey will appear before the circuit court on a date later this month.

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