Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man on machine gun, drugs charges

Jason Hughes charged with possession of weapons and ammunition
Jason Hughes charged with possession of weapons and ammunition

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial charged with possession of a sub-machine gun, four handguns and more than €13,000 worth of cannabis.

Jason Hughes (32) is also accused of having 144 rounds of ammunition allegedly found by gardai.

He had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court. Mr Hughes, of Castlefield Park, Clonsilla is facing trial on 10 charges including seven under the Firearms Act and another three under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

All the offences are alleged to have happened at Park Avenue, Castleknock on April 17, 2014. He is charged with possession of 50 rounds of .22-inch long rifle and 96 rounds of 9mm Parabellum calibre ammunition.

The firearms he is alleged to have had were a .22 long rifle calibre Lorcin model L22 semi-automatic pistol, a 9mm Parabellum calibre Steyr Mannlicher model TMP sub-machine gun, two 9mm Parabellum calibre Zastava model CZ99 semi-automatic pistols, and a 9mm Parabellum calibre FN Browning hi-power semi automatic pistol.

He is also charged with having over €13,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply. Judge David McHugh gave him the formal warning that he must provide alibi details. He then sent him forward for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and remanded him on continuing bail.

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