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Monday 16 July 2018

Suspect appears in court after €560k city cannabis bust

Patrick May did not speak at the court hearing yesterday
Patrick May did not speak at the court hearing yesterday

This is one of the suspects charged in connection with the discovery of more than €500,000 of drugs this week.

Patrick May (39), from Blanchardstown, appeared in court yesterday.

He was arrested after gardai discovered around €560,000 of cannabis on Wednesday.

A brief hearing at Blanchardstown District Court was told Mr May was arrested at 5.28am in Finglas Garda Station.

He made no reply to the charge in the station and did not speak in court yesterday.

He appeared at the hearing wearing a T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.

The suspect was granted bail of €5,000 cash and is required to sign on at Blanchardstown Garda Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Gardai were already in possession of his passport, the court was told.

He was also required to provide a phone number to officers and keep the phone charged at all times.

Intercepted

The case was adjourned until June 21, for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

A 42-year-old man was also charged in connection with the find and appeared before the Criminal Courts of Justice on Thursday. He was remanded in custody.

A 46-year-old woman was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Gardai allege that on Wednesday, a vehicle was intercepted on the Mill Road, Blanchardstown, at around 7.30pm.

This was part of ongoing investigations being conducted by the garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Special Crime Task Force, targeting serious and organised criminal activity in Dublin.

A quantity of cannabis herb was recovered and three people were arrested and detained under drug trafficking legislation at Blanchardstown, Finglas and Lucan garda stations.

Follow-up searches took place in the Blanchardstown area, resulting in the seizure of a further "significant quantity" of cannabis, at a premises in Fortlawn Drive.

Gardai have said investigations are ongoing.

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