A 29-year-old man has been released on bail after being charged with a seizure of more than €100,000 worth of ecstasy MDMA.
Dare dos Santos, with an address in Clonshaugh Heights in Priorswood, Dublin 17, appeared at a sitting of the Dublin District Court in the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.
The accused was arrested on Monday as part of a joint intelligence-led operation led by the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs & Organized Crime Bureau and the Store Street Garda Drugs Unit as part of ongoing investigations targeting organized crime groups operating in Dublin City. ,
The operation resulted in the search of premises in the Dublin 1 area during which approximately 1.898 kg of MDMA blocks and MDMA tablets with an estimated value of €113,891 were seized by the customs.
Garda Brian Kenny told Judge John Brennan today that Mr dos Santos failed to respond when charged with possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to supply others under sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Garda Kenny said he would not oppose a bail application but would seek a large cash bond of €10,000 as well as conditions that the defendant would reside at his address, not would not change his address, connect daily to Coolock Garda station, stay out of the Dublin 1 area, provide gardai with a telephone number on which he could be contacted, and not leave the country.
Solicitor Donal Quigley, for the defendant, said his client would meet the bail conditions, but said his client was unable to provide the €10,000 cash bond.
He said his client was a fast-food delivery driver who earned €2,000 a month and paid half of that in rent.
Judge Brennan authorized a cash bond of €500 and took the defendant into custody on consent to bail to appear in court again on August 23 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He also granted legal aid in this case.