Thursday 17 October 2019

Man charged on €220k cannabis and cocaine haul

Mark Keogh at the court
Mark Keogh at the court

A Dublin man has been charged with having drugs with intent to supply others following the seizure of cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of more than €220,000.

Mark Keogh (47), of Dunsink Green, Finglas, was arrested on Saturday.

Gardai raided his home as part of an intelligence- led operation targeting organised crime and the sale and supply of drugs in the Finglas area.

Cannabis herb, cannabis resin and cocaine were seized with an estimated street value of €221,000.

A small amount of heroin, ecstasy and cigarettes were also seized with other drug paraphernalia.

Mr Keogh appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday charged with possessing cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply, as well as possession of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.

Garda Shane Guinan, who said Mr Keogh made no reply to the charges, objected to bail on the basis of the seriousness of the charge and concern he might answer the charge.

Trouble

Mr Keogh's solicitor, Wayne Kenny, told Judge Paula Murphy his client has no previous convictions, no history of bench warrants, was in financial difficulties and having trouble paying his mortgage, has health difficulties and that his wife had died in 2016.

The judge granted bail on condition Mr Keogh make a cash lodgment of €500 as well as supply an independent surety of €500, reside at his home, not apply for a passport, sign on at Finglas Garda Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

He must also have a mobile phone he can be contacted on by gardai and obey a curfew between 11pm and 6am. She remanded him in custody until the surety and cash elements are met and granted legal aid. He is to appear at Cloverhill court on Friday.

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