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Patrick Lawlor appeared before court in Dublin

Patrick Lawlor appeared before court in Dublin

Patrick Lawlor appeared before court in Dublin

Three men, including a father and son, have appeared in court after gardai seized nearly €900,000 of suspected crime proceeds and a large quantity of cocaine.

Patrick (53) and Ian Lawlor (22) and Ross Hanway (29) were arrested following a cash and drugs haul in north Dublin earlier this week.

All three appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday.

Patrick Lawlor, of Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, was remanded in custody for a week after his lawyer reserved his position on whether to apply for bail.

Ian Lawlor, of the same address, was bailed, and Mr Hanway, of The Beeches, Ashbourne, Co Meath, was remanded in custody until next Wednesday with consent to bail.

Patrick Lawlor and Mr Hanway are charged over the seiz-ure of €412,000, believed to be the proceeds of crime, from a car at Collins Avenue.

Mr Lawlor is also charged with a second count of the same offence, relating to €477,000 in his home. The total seized by gardai was €889,000.

Ian Lawlor is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply. The offences are all alleged to have happened on Tuesday.

Detective Garda Ronan Doolan, of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, said Patrick Lawlor made no reply to the charges after caution.

He was remanded in custody until June 3.

Passport

Det Gda Gavin Curran said Ian Lawlor also made no reply when the charges were put to him.

The judge remanded him on bail to September 24 in his own bond of €1,000 on condition he signs on three times a week at Ballymun Garda Station, provides a mobile phone number and surrenders his passport.

Det Gda Declan O'Reilly said Mr Hanway also made no reply after caution.

The judge set bail in Mr Hanway's own bond of €5,000, with an independent surety of €10,000, with this sum to be frozen in his grandmother's bank account.

He must sign on daily at Ashbourne Garda Station and must also not asso- ciate with either of the two co-accused.

None of the accused have entered pleas to the charges yet.