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Friday 20 September 2019

Man charged over €1m heroin told gardai 'I'd no knowledge of drugs'

Gardai found €1m of heroin at a B&B in south Dublin
Gardai found €1m of heroin at a B&B in south Dublin
Kuldip Singh appeared in court yesterday

A man charged after the seizure of an estimated €1m of heroin at the weekend told gardai he "had no knowledge of the drugs".

Kuldip Singh (55) appeared in Blanchardstown District Court yesterday morning after being arrested in connection with the seizure made by gardai after searches in Dublin and Meath.

Judge David McHugh remanded him in custody for a week after no bail application was made.

Mr Singh, from Birmingham but with an address at The Hollow, Spawell, Templeogue, Dublin, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply. He is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug.

Offences

The offences are alleged to have happened at a B&B in south-west Dublin on August 31.

Detective Garda Gavin Curran said he arrested the accused for the purpose of charging him at Clondalkin Garda Station at 6.02pm on Monday.

He was charged at 6.12pm and his reply to both counts was: "I had no knowledge of the drugs."

He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Asked if he was seeking bail, defence solicitor Wayne Kenny said he was "reserving" his application at the moment.

He applied for free legal aid on the accused's behalf, handing a statement of Mr Singh's financial means in to court.

The court heard there was no garda objection, but Judge McHugh asked to see the statement of means.

He asked Det Gda Curran if he was satisfied with this.

"So far, yes, Judge," he replied. Judge McHugh asked if his position on legal aid was conditional or absolute.

"Conditional at the moment," the garda said.

Judge McHugh noted there was no supporting documentation with the statement of means and said he would not grant legal aid.

Mr Kenny said he would renew the application on a later date.

The accused, dressed in a navy coloured jacket over a yellow and orange top, blue jeans and tan-coloured shoes, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

He was remanded in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on September 10.

Judge McHugh said the legal aid application could be made, with supporting documentation, on that date.

Charges

The charges against him are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Gardai have said searches were carried out in Dublin and Meath in a joint operation involving members of the garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the UK's National Crime Agency.

Some 7kg of heroin with an estimated value of €1m, subject to analysis, was seized and three men, aged in their 40s and 50s, were arrested. One of the three has been released without charge, with a file being sent to the DPP. Another remains in custody.

Investigations are ongoing, nationally and internationally, gardai said.

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