Man charged with firearms and drugs offences after house raid

A MAN was charged yesterday with firearms and drugs offences linked to a weekend Garda operation in Dublin.

Keith Ennis, 28, and from Clondalkin, west Dublin, was arrested by gardaí after they searched his house on Oak Way Estate last Friday evening.

He appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday where he faced two drugs charges and two firearms charges.

Garda Eric Kelly of Pearse Street Drugs Unit said Ennis was arrested last Friday and detained at Pearse Street Station under the Offences Against the State Act.

He said he charged the accused on Sunday evening on four counts and that Ennis made no reply.

Garda Kelly said Ennis was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of 9mm ammunition in suspicious circumstances. He said the accused was further charged with possession of drugs and possession with intent for sale or supply.

He applied for the accused to be remanded in custody for a week.

Barrister for Ennis, Tom Flanagan, said his client was applying for bail. He said the gardaí did not have an issue with the defendant’s identity or address. Garda Kelly accepted this but said his objection was based on the seriousness of the charges. He said the accused was arrested under the Offences Against the State Act for the alleged possession of a Glock semi-automatic pistol, which was loaded. He claimed Ennis made an admission at the scene that he had the gun in his possession.

Mr Flanagan said his client was paying a mortgage on his house and that his girlfriend was in the early stages of labour. He said his client was prepared to sign on twice daily and that gardaí already had his passport. When asked by Judge Mary Collins, Garda Kelly said the drugs found at the defendant’s house had an alleged value of €2,000.

But he said the quantity of drugs involved in the investigation was in excess of €100,000. He further said that four other firearms had been seized and that these formed part of the investigation file being prepared on the accused.

Mr Flanagan said these charges were not before the court as it stood. Judge Collins remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday. Mr Flanagan asked the judge not to formally refuse bail, which she agreed to.

Three other men were arrested during the planned raids in Walkinstown, Clondalkin and Tallaght.

They were all released without charge, pending a file to the DPP.

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