Man denied bail over €33k drugs in graveyard

Gardaí discovered a stash of cocaine worth over €33,000 concealed inside the wall of a graveyard.

Yesterday, a man facing charges in relation to the drugs said it had nothing to do with him as he applied to be released on bail.

Cross-examined by Inspector Mary King at Cork District Court, James Carey agreed they were serious charges but said they did not relate to anything he had done.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused bail. He remanded Mr Carey in custody to appear to the court by video link on May 15.

Mr Carey, aged 34, of 9 Brooklodge Grove, Glanmire, is charged with possession of cocaine and the more serious offence of having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply to others at Ballinvinny, Glanmire.

Detective Garda Liam Finn said gardaí mounted a surveillance operation on April 30 after suspicious activity was detected at the cemetery in Ballinvinny.

“Gardaí subsequently searched the area with the garda drugs dog and found the cocaine concealed in the wall,” said Gda Finn.

The court heard gardaí kept the area under surveillance that night, and at 11.30pm a man was arrested as he went to locate the drugs.

In relation to Mr Carey’s application for bail, the detective said it was his belief that if the accused was released he would commit further serious offences.

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