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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Taxi driver had €100k of cannabis in car, court told

Taxi driver James O’Reilly
Taxi driver James O’Reilly

A Dublin taxi driver charged with being in possession of €100,000 of cannabis herb for sale or supply in his vehicle has been granted bail with strict conditions.

James O'Reilly (42) was stopped in his car by gardai at Castle Mills in Balbriggan last Monday at 9.50pm.

The accused, of Chieftain's Close, Balbriggan, was arrested and detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act at Balbriggan Garda Station.

Bail

Gda Eamonn McFadden told Swords District Court that Mr O'Reilly was charged with being in unlawful possession of 5kg of cannabis herb for sale or supply.

Gda McFadden said that the accused made "no reply" after caution to each charge.

Gardai made no objection to bail being granted while directions were sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded the accused on bail on his own bond of €400, subject to his residing at his home address, not applying for a passport or travel documents, providing gardai with a mobile phone number within seven days and signing on three times a week at Balbriggan Garda Station.

Dressed in a white shirt, navy jacket and blue jeans, Mr O'Reilly did not address the court or indicate how he intends to plead during his trial.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said there was an application for legal aid as Mr O'Reilly was a taxi driver but his car had been seized by gardai.

"He is effectively unemployed now," she said.

The judge granted legal aid and remanded Mr O'Reilly to appear before Balbriggan District Court on July 27 for DPP directions.

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