GAA coach caught ‘red-handed’ with cannabis worth €600k

A GAA coach was caught “red-handed” with more than half-a-million euro worth of cannabis during a drug seizure in Dublin, a court heard yesterday.

GAA coach caught ‘red-handed’ with cannabis worth €600k

On Thursday, gardaí stopped and searched a car at Kylemore Road, in Ballyfermot, which resulted in the seizure of a kilogramme of cannabis herb. Three men were detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section Two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Afterwards at the Clonsilla Road, a van was stopped and searched resulting in the seizure of about 8.5kg of cannabis herb and the arrest of a man in his 30s. In a follow-up search of premises on Dale Road in Stillorgan, gardaí seized approximately 15kg of cannabis herb.

Two of the men arrested during the operation were brought before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court to face charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

David Gill, aged 38, who teaches Gaelic football to youngsters in south Dublin, is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, at a lock-up at the rear of a premises at Dale Road, and also at Clonsilla Road where the van was allegedly stopped.

Detective Timothy Casey, from the Garda National Drugs Unit, told Judge Michael Walsh that Mr Gill, a father-of-three, who is from Top Of The Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin, replied “I understand” when the charges were put to him. He said Mr Gill was “caught red-handed” and objected to bail citing the value of the drugs seized which is estimated to be about €600,000. However, he agreed with defence counsel Edel Gilligan that he did not have concerns that Mr Gill would fail to turn up to court if he were granted bail.

The court heard that Mr Gill is on social welfare and his mother may be able to stand bail for him but she was not in a position to come to the hearing because she was upset.

Judge Walsh set bail in Mr Gill’s own bond of €10,000 half of which has to be lodged in cash. He also required an independent surety in the sum of €20,000, and ordered that half of this sum must be lodged in cash before bail can be taken up.

Judge Walsh deferred ruling on whether legal aid would be granted pending an examination of a statement of Mr Gill’s means. He was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear again next Tuesday.

Co-accused Rafal Chylinski, a 29-year-old Polish national, with an address at Castlecurrough Vale, Mulhuddart, Dublin, is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to supply at Kylemore Road and made no reply when charged.

Det Gda Jerome Twomey said there was no objection to bail in the case of Mr Chylinski who was granted legal aid and ordered to appear again in October.

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