Warehouse worker facing trial after €4,500 cannabis seizure
A warehouse operative is facing trial on drugs charges after allegedly being found in possession of an estimated €4,500 of cannabis.
Kenneth Bryce (31) appeared at Blanchardstown Court accused of having cannabis for sale or supply, after gardai found the drugs in a raid on a house in the west of the city.
Judge David McHugh ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with in the district court and adjourned the case for a book of evidence.
Mr Bryce, of Thomond Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with possession of cannabis, as well as having the drug with intent to sell or supply.
The offences are alleged to have happened at an address at Earlsfort Rise, Lucan, on February 6 last year.
The DPP had directed summary disposal of the court at district court level, subject to the judge considering jurisdiction.
Giving an outline of the case, a garda said the address in Lucan was searched by officers under a warrant.
Cannabis with an estimated street value of €4,500 was found during the search, along with bagging equipment and some weighing scales, it was alleged.
Judge McHugh said he was refusing jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.
Defence barrister Alan Delany asked the judge to grant free legal aid, saying the accused was a warehouse operative and submitting a statement of his financial means to the court.
The judge granted legal aid and adjourned the case to a date next month, for the preparation of a book of evidence.
The accused has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.