Chocolate egg hatches a surprise for gardaí

An Easter court sitting yesterday heard of the chocolate egg which hatched a surprise for gardaí.

During a search of a house in Sarsfield Place, Edward St, Limerick, gardaí found 10 bags of cocaine worth €603, Limerick District Court was told.

Seven of the bags were concealed behind a computer — but three more were found inside a Kinder egg.

Andrew Colbert, aged 32, was arrested and brought to Roxboro Rd Garda Station. Insp Brendan McDonagh told Judge Aeneas McCarthy that gardaí went with a search warrant obtained under the misuse of drugs legislation. He said they carried out a search at about 9.30pm on Mar 5.

During the search he said Garda Declan Michael O’Halloran came across various items which included a “tick list”, weighing scales, and resealable bags.

He also found cocaine, which was in 10 bags.

Mr Colbert was charged with possession of cocaine for sale or supply.

Solicitor Tom Kiely applied for bail, which was granted, and the matter was adjourned to the same court on Apr 22.


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