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Three men appear in court over Dublin drug seizure


Three men have been remanded in custody charged in connection with a multi-million drug seizure in Blanchardstown on Thursday.

All three accused were brought before Judge Treasa Kelly at Dublin District Court.

Gary Hanley, 35, with an address at North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1, was charged with possession and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The charges relate to 100kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of €2 million, that gardaí found in a van at around 5pm on Thursday in Blanchardstown, after they intercepted the van and a car.

Detective Garda Dean Healy told the court that he arrested Mr Hanley in Blanchardstown Garda Station at 2.11pm this afternoon.

Det Gda Healy said that Mr Hanly was “cautioned in the usual way” and was then charged at 3.17pm.

Det Gda Healy said the Mr Hanly made no reply to the charges.

He was denied bail and has been remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and will appear in court again via videolink next Thursday 29 February.

His solicitor Matthew Kenny applied for free legal aid on his behalf and Judge Kelly granted the application.

Sean Mackey, 53, with an address at Blessington Street, Dublin 7 also appeared before Judge Kelly charged with possession and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The charges relate to the same drugs discovered by gardaí in a van in Blanchardstown last Thursday.

Det Gda Healy said that Mr Mackey was arrested at Blanchardstown Garda Station this afternoon at 2.09pm.

The Court heard that Mr Mackey was charged after caution at 3.53pm and made no reply to the charges.

Mr Mackey, who is an Irish citizen originally from South Africa, was granted bail on his own bond of €500 and an independent surety to be approved by the court of €25,000 and subject to a number of conditions.

Mr Mackey must sign on twice daily at Mountjoy Garda Station, prior to his release from custody he must surrender his Irish passport and ID and his South African passports and ID, or a letter from the South African Embassy that he no longer has a passport, he must not apply for replacement travel documents, he must reside as his given address and remain in the jurisdiction and must be available via a given mobile phone number 24 hours a day.

Mr Mackey was also remanded to Cloverhill prison to appear again in court via video link next Thursday.

His solicitor, Mr Kenny, said he was not applying for free legal aid on behalf of his client at this time.

A third man, 39-year-old Jie Liu, also appeared before Judge Kelly on drug possession charges.

Jie Liu was charged with possession and possession with intent to supply cannabis, MDMA, Ketamine and Amphetamine.

The charges against him related to the 100kg of cannabis found in a van in Blanchardstown on Thursday and the subsequent discovery by gardaí of cannabis, MDMA, Ketamine and Amphetamine with an estimated street value of over €1m, when they searched an apartment in Westend Village in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Det Garda Healy said that he arrested Jie Lui at 2.05pm at Blanchardstown Garda Station and he was charged after caution at 3.35pm.

The court heard that he made no reply to any of the charges.

Solicitor for the accused Donal Quigly told the court that his client was an Irish citizen and was not a citizen of any other country.

He was remanded on bail on his own bond of €1,000 and independent surety of €25,000, and on condition that he surrender his Irish passport and ID and not apply for replacement identity documents, that he reside at his last known address, in Cedar Grove in Swords in Co Dublin and that he notify gardaí of any change of address, that he remain in the jurisdiction, that he sign on at Swords Garda Station twice a day, and that he be available via a given mobile phone number 24 hours a day.

Jie Lui was remanded in custody to Cloverhill prison and he will appear in court again via video link on Friday 1 March.

Judge Kelly said that Jie Lui was a suitable candidate for legal aid and granted it to him.


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