Another Massive Seizure of Drugs in Santry this time, North Dublin. Crime Continues in the COVID-19 Lockdown?

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Court appearance Two men charged after gardai intercept €500K cannabis handover in Dublin

29th March 2021

It follows a drug seizure at Larchill, Santry, in the city’s northside, by officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

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March 27 2021 04:00 PM

TWO men have been charged after gardai intercepted a handover of €500,000 worth of cannabis in Dublin on Friday evening.

Glen Stankard, 25, from Balrothery Estate, Tallaght, and Conor Delaney, 33, with an address at Riverwood Hall, Castleknock, Dublin, were charged with possessing 25 kilos of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply.

It follows a drug seizure at Larchill, Santry, in the city’s northside, by officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

The two men appeared before Judge Dermot Simms at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

Detective Garda James Doolan told the court that Mr Delaney made no reply when charged.

He objected to him getting bail due to the seriousness of the case.

He told a contested bail hearing it was alleged that during an investigation into a crime organisation, a white Volkswagen van was seen entering an estate at Larchill. A Ford van, allegedly driven by Mr Delaney, also came to the area.

It was alleged that Mr Stankard was the driver of the Volkswagen and that he brought cardboard boxes to the rear of the Ford van.

Judge Simms was told that Mr Delaney held the doors to the back of his van open.

They were stopped and cannabis valued €500,000 was seized, it was alleged.

Mr Delaney was questioned but maintained his right to silence.

Detective Garda Doolan agreed with defence solicitor Wayne Kenny that there was no evidence his client had touched the contents of the boxes.

Mr Kenny submitted that Mr Delaney may not have known what was inside them and the evidence was weak.

Pleading for bail, he submitted that his client, who is on social welfare, could be held until 2023 before his trial is heard in the circuit court. Mr Kenny said the accused would abide by bail conditions.

Judge Simms refused to grant him bail and remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

There was no objection to bail being granted to Mr Stankard, who recently became unemployed. It was set in his own bond of €250 and a family member was allowed to act as a surety in the sum of €1,000.

He was ordered to reside at his home address, obey a curfew, remain contactable by mobile phone, sign on twice a week at his local Garda station and have no contact with his co-accused. Detective Garda Brian Johnson said Mr Stankard also made no reply to charge.

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions are being sought.

Legal aid was granted.

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