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Friday 14 December 2018

Neighbours charged over chicken coop drug claims

TWO neighbours have appeared in court on drug-dealing charges after cannabis was allegedly found hidden in a chicken coop.

John White (27) and Anthony Lee (57) are alleged to have been in possession of more than €2,000 worth of the drug following a garda search of the coop in one of the pair's gardens.

The case against them was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, from different addresses at Casement Drive, Finglas, are charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Mr White's home address last April 5.

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They are also charged with related counts of simple possession of cannabis in the same incident. The charges are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at District Court level.

Outlining the allegations, Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai carried out a search on the date in question and "a quantity of cannabis was found in the rear garden hidden in a chicken coop".

The drugs had an estimated street value of €2,250.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the charges, which means the case can be heard at District Court level. He adjourned it for the defendants to decide how they intend to plead.

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