Prosecution concludes case in €29m drugs trial

Prosecution concludes case in €29m drugs trial

The prosecution has today closed its case against a man accused of involvement in a €29m drug operation last year.

Abraham Shodiya (aged 44) of Carnlough Road, Cabra, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of possessing cocaine for sale or supply and two charges of possessing cocaine at Enterprises Services Unit 1, Old Quarry Campus, North West Business Park, Ballycoolin and Maldron Hotel, Kiltipper on June 26, 2012.

Earlier, Detective Garda Barry Fitzgerald of the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) revealed he found a black notebook containing a suspected drugs “tick list” at the home of Mr Shodiya’s boss on June 26, 2012.

There were about 20 “Shamrock Mining Company” business cards under Gareth Hopkins’ name in between the front pages and handwritten initials, phone numbers and calculations in the rest of the notebook.

Det Gda Fitzgerald told Blaise O’Carroll SC, defending, in cross examination that he believed the information in the notebook referred to the cocaine operation.

He said he also found a black suitcase containing three bars of cocaine in a brown paper bag in Hopkins’ garden shed.

The trial continues before Judge Desmond Hogan and a jury of nine men and three women.


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