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Monday 16 July 2018

Man sent for trial after drugs, gun and ammo seizure

Brendan Ward said ‘law system is a joke’ when charged
Brendan Ward said ‘law system is a joke’ when charged

A Dublin man allegedly caught with a sub-machine gun, ammunition and an estimated €500,000 worth of drugs has been sent for trial.

Brendan Ward (38) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

He was arrested as part of Operation Thor by gardai and plain-clothes detectives attached to Finglas Garda Station.

The accused, of Barry Drive, Finglas, is charged with the unlawful possession of a sub- machine gun. The incident allegedly took place at Barry Drive on August 17 last year.

Mr Ward is also accused of the unlawful possession of 49 rounds of Parabellum Sellier and Bellot ammunition and 28 rounds of 9mm Parabellum CBC mark ammunition.

He is further charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and heroin, as well as having the drugs for sale or supply at the same time and place.

Joke

Mr Ward is also charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the value of the drugs is greater than €13,000.

Gardai previously estimated the street value of the drugs in this seizure was close to €500,000.

When charged with the off- ences, the court heard previously that Mr Ward replied: "The law system is a joke."

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Ward the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming as well as one junior and one senior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Mr Ward has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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