Two in court on heroin charges

A Co Wexford truck driver and a Dublin man are to face trial following a seizure of €1.5m worth of heroin in Dublin.

Gardaí attached to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau with officers from the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service seized about 10kg of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of €1.5m following the interception of two vehicles at a service station on the Naas Road close to Rathcoole, in Co Dublin.

The men were arrested for drug trafficking offences and were detained at Clondalkin Garda Station, under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

They were charged on Wednesday evening in connection with the seizure.

Truck driver Vincent Halligan, aged 32, with an address at St Anne’s Villas, Duncormick, Co Wexford, and Joseph O’Neill of Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, west Dublin, who turned 40 yesterday, were remanded in custody after they appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court.

The pair are charged with unlawfully possessing heroin and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply.

Detective Garda Eamonn Tighe told Judge Walsh they“made no reply” when the charges were put to them.

He confirmed that the drugs were believed to be worth €1.5m and directions from the DPP need to be obtained which he expected would take six to eight weeks.

Neither man applied for bail and were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Mr Halligan, who was wearing a pink shirt and jeans, was in employment and a certificate of his means was furnished by his solicitor to the judge who agreed to grant legal aid.

Legal aid was also granted Mr O’Neill who was dressed in tracksuit trousers, a white T-shirt and a navy sleeveless top.

They remained silent during the hearing and have not yet indicated how they intend to plead.


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