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Monday 16 September 2019

Mother faces trial after €600k seizure of heroin and cocaine

Sarah Clarke was served with the book of evidence at court
Sarah Clarke was served with the book of evidence at court

A young mother charged with drugs offences following the seizure of nearly €600,000 of heroin and cocaine has been sent for trial.

Sarah Clarke (24) was served with the book of evidence when she appeared on bail before Tallaght District Court.

The accused is charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, as well as having the drugs for sale or supply.

The drugs were allegedly found when gardai raided the accused's home at New Bancroft Place, Tallaght, last October 17.

Ms Clarke is also facing a charge under Section 15a of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the value of the drugs is greater than €13,000.

She was arrested following an operation by detectives into the sale and supply of controlled substances in the Tallaght area.

Warning

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

Judge Patricia McNamara gave the accused the formal alibi warning.

As part of her bail conditions, Ms Clarke has surrendered her passport and agreed not to apply for new documents.

She is signing on once a week at her local garda station and has been ordered to keep her mobile phone on at all times so gardai can contact her.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe and one junior counsel were assigned on legal aid.

Due to the seriousness of the charges, a second senior counsel was also assigned by the judge.

Judge McNamara further ordered that a video copy of a garda interview with Ms Clarke be furnished to her lawyers.

The accused, a single mother-of-one, has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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