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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Pair face trial over €45k cocaine stash

ACCUSED: Duo caught at flat in drugs squad swoop, court is told

Two young men were allegedly caught with €45,000 worth of cocaine at an apartment in west Dublin.

Andrew Goonery (24) and Darren Boylan (19) were allegedly caught with the cocaine following an operation by drugs detectives based at Ronanstown Garda Station.

The pair are facing trial in the Circuit Court after the DPP directed the charges were too serious for the District Court.

Goonery, of Collinstown Grove, and Boylan, of St Mark's Grove, both in Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

They are also charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977, where the alleged value of the drugs is over €13,000.

Boylan is further charged with knowingly permitting the preparation of a controlled drug at an apartment in Palmerstown.



Bonds

Garda Marcus Roantree previously told the court that the alleged value of the cocaine is €45,000.

State solicitor Dermot O'Neill said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the men, who go forward to the present sittings of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Patrick McMahon gave the men the alibi caution, warning them they had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone they planned to call in their defence.

Both men were remanded on bail in their own bonds of €5,000, with individual lodgements of €1,000 cash.

Defence solicitors Fiona Brennan and Matthew Kenny were assigned on legal aid.

Due to the seriousness of the charges, Judge McMahon assigned a junior counsel and a senior counsel.

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