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Saturday 17 November 2018

Two face trial over €720,000 MDMA and cannabis haul

Kieran Hannon
Kieran Hannon

Two men allegedly caught with an estimated €720,000 worth of cannabis and MDMA have been sent for trial.

Taxi driver Kieran Hannon (48) and Patrick Kavanagh (58) were arrested after detectives searched a car on an M50 slip road.

Mr Hannon, who is accused of possessing €79,000, the alleged proceeds of crime, is also facing money laundering offences,

Mr Hannon, of Rathvilly Park, and Mr Kavanagh, of Ballygall Crescent, both Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply.

The incident allegedly took place in Blanchardstown last August 21.

Patrick Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh

The pair are also charged with possession of mdma and cannabis and having the drugs for sale or supply in the underground car park at Cloonlara Square, Navan Road, on the same day.

Both are charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the drugs is more than €13,000.

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Gardai estimated the street value of the drugs haul was €720,000.

Mr Hannon is also charged with possession of a total of €79,000 in cash, the alleged proceeds of crime, at AIB Blanchardstown on various dates in 2016 and 2017.

State solicitor Mairead White said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who go forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the men the formal alibi warning.

Defence solicitors Wayne Kenny and Simon Fleming were assigned on free legal aid.

Due to the seriousness of the charges, two junior and two senior counsel were assigned.

Judge McHugh also ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to their legal teams.

The men have not yet indicated pleas to the charges.

They were remanded on the same bail terms to appear before the circuit court again on a date in October.

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