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Man in court over sub-machine gun and ammo seizure

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Wheatfield Prison

Wheatfield Prison

Wheatfield Prison

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of a sub-machine gun and ammunition following an operation targeting an organised crime group.

Stephen Gibbons (56), of Rockleigh House, Gormanston, Co Meath, is also accused of attempting to smuggle a mobile phone and SIM card into Dublin's Wheatfield Prison.

Targeting

The defendant appeared before Dundalk District Court yesterday morning and was remanded in custody.

He was detained on Tuesday by gardai in Ashbourne as part of an investigation targeting organised crime in the Meath/Louth area.

Mr Gibbons is charged with possession of 12 rounds of 9mm Makarov calibre ammunition last January 15 at Richardstown in Gormanston.

He is also accused of possession of a PM-63 RAK sub-machine gun at the same location on the same date.

It is alleged he was in possession of the ammunition and firearms in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable inference that he did not have them in his possession for a lawful purpose.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan remanded him in custody to app-ear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Operation

The accused also faces a third charge of attempting to convey a mobile phone and SIM card into Wheatfield Prison on May 13, 2017.

Judge McKiernan remanded Mr Gibbons in custody to appear before the court on a separate date in July in relation to this matter.

He was detained on Tuesday after Ashbourne gardai, along with members of the Serious Crime Review Team based within the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Harcourt Square, carried out an operation into organised crime in Meath.