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Charlie Coyle, one of two truck drivers charged over the haul

Charlie Coyle, one of two truck drivers charged over the haul

Charlie Coyle, one of two truck drivers charged over the haul

Two truck drivers have been charged after gardai intercepted the alleged handover of €2.5m worth of cocaine in a garage car park in north county Dublin at the weekend.

Charlie Coyle (58) and Dmitrijs Venskovics (44) both appeared before Dublin District Court on drugs charges following the seizure.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned their cases to Friday after hearing Mr Venskovics allegedly drove a truck from which cocaine was handed over to a lorry driven by Mr Coyle.

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Mr Coyle, of Boug, Cootehill, Co Cavan, was granted bail subject to a €25,000 surety, while Mr Venskovics, with an address in Neretas Novads, Latvia, deferred a bail application.

They are both charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Blake's Cross on April 25.

Mr Venskovics was not making any bail application yet, but would on his next court date, his solicitor Michael French said.

Det Gda Redmond O'Leary said it was alleged Mr Venskovics was the driver of a truck observed by members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

There was a handover to a second truck, which was stopped and a large quantity of drugs found, Det Gda O'Leary said.

Objecting to Mr Coyle's bail, Det Gda Michael Ormond said it was alleged he drove the second truck and took possession of the cocaine before leaving the scene.

Mr Coyle was an "innocent man", was entitled to bail and, although he was living in Northern Ireland, he could stay at the family home address in Cavan, said his solicitor Fiona D'Arcy in applying for bail.

Det Gda Ormond said Mr Coyle's behaviour had been "perfectly fine" since his arrest.

Judge Jones said the allegation was that the accused was "effectively caught red-handed".

Gardai have said a third man arrested has been released without charge.