A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with a firearms and drug seizure in Dublin after he allegedly threw a bag of heroin out of his apartment window.
Gardaí discovered two guns along with heroin and cannabis plants during a search at Palmerston Hall, Dominick Street, D7, at around 5pm on Thursday evening.
They raided the apartment after a strong smell of cannabis was noticed on the street outside, a court heard.
Two men were arrested and detained at Mountjoy Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.
Father-of-two, Lewis Davis with an address at the Palmerston Hall was brought to appear before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court today. His bail was set at €650
He was charged with possessing heroin and having it for the sale or supply, at his apartment and he could face further charges in relation to guns and cannabis allegedly found in his home.
Garda Caroline Purcell told Judge Smyth the accused made no reply when charged. Objecting to bail, she cited the seriousness of the case.
She told Judge Smyth surveillance was carried out after gardaí detected “a strong smell of cannabis from the property”. Garda Purcell said it grew stronger when the window was opened.
A warrant was obtained, she said.
The court heard the door to his home was breached and when gardaí entered the accused was observed standing at a window with a blue wash bag which was discarded out a back window.
Garda Purcell told the court it contained three ounces of heroin, with an estimated value of €15,000.
Gardaí recovered six cannabis plants, each valued €800, along with “drug paraphernalia” which included a vacuum packing machine.
She alleged the apartment was being used to prepare cannabis and heroin for sale.
Garda Purcell said a rifle and a pistol, as well as ammunition, were also found in the property. They have yet to be analysed by the Garda ballistics section.
A number of phones were also seized, she said.
Garda Purcell told the court it was likely that further charges will be brought in relation to the cannabis and the firearms.
Pleading for bail, Michael Kelleher said his client risked losing his home if he went into custody. The solicitor said Mr Davis had spent eight or nine years in the homeless system. Last December he got accommodation which was a “game-changer” for him.
The solicitor told Judge Smyth Mr Davis had fragile mental health over the years and was dealing with depression.
His client did not have a passport and since reaching adulthood he has not left the jurisdiction, Mr Kelleher said. He also has two children and was supported in court by a brother and a sister who were willing to club together to stand bail and to support him.
Judge Smyth set bail in his own bond of €500 but required an independent surety of €6,000 of which half must be lodged. Mr Davis, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.
Once it is taken up he must sign on daily at his local Garda station, notify gardaí of any change of address and remain contactable by phone.
A 32-year-old man, who was also arrested was released by gardaí on Saturday and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.