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Friday 15 December 2017

Teen facing trial accused of drug and ammo haul

A TEENAGER allegedly caught with large quantities of cannabis, cocaine and heroin has been sent forward for trial.

Christopher Robinson (19) is also accused of the unlawful possession of 75 rounds of 0.25 calibre ammunition after his home was searched by drugs gardai.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties upon conviction are potentially more severe after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Barry Close in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cannabis, cocaine and heroin as well as having the drugs for sale or supply.

The offences, under the misuse of drugs act, allegedly took place at his home in Finglas on June 11, 2014.

Mr Robinson is further charged with possession of diazepam for sale or supply.

He is also accused of possession of 75 rounds of 0.25 calibre ammunition during the same incident.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Robinson the formal alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

The court heard that Mr Robinson's financial circumstances had not changed and defence solicitor Michael Staines as well as one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh also ordered a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with Mr Robinson concerning the charges be furnished to his legal team.

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