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Monday 18 December 2017

Three men charged over €1m haul of MDMA and heroin

Part of the drugs haul seized
Part of the drugs haul seized

Three men have been charged in connection with a €1m drug seizure.

Gardai found about 12kg of MDMA and 3kg of heroin on Wednesday when they stopped two cars in Dublin and Kildare and carried out a search at another location.

Four men were arrested and held at Clondalkin and Ronanstown Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Three of them appeared at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday. They were remanded in custody with consent to bail in their own bonds of €100 and €2,000 cash.

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Patrick Riordan (62), from Grangeview Place in Clondalkin, Dublin, is charged with possessing heroin and MDMA for sale or supply at his address.

Gda Sean Smith from the Organised Crime Bureau (OCB) said Mr Riordan made no reply when charged at Clondalkin Garda Station.

The court heard that co-defendant John Darcy (49), from Phoenix Manor, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra, also made no reply when charged with having MDMA for sale or supply at Grangeview Road, Clondalkin.

Thomas McAllister (42), from Donomore Crescent in Tallaght, was charged with possession of MDMA and heroin for sale or supply at Junction 8 on the N7 at Naas, Co Kildare.

Det Gda Philip Byrne of the OCB said Mr McAllister made no reply when charged.

All three men will all face their next hearing at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

Once bail is taken up, they must sign on daily at their local garda stations and surrender their passports or not apply for a new one.

Mr Riordan will have to provide a mobile phone number on which he can be contacted by gardai.

The fourth man was released on Thursday night without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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