Four appear in court over drug seizures

Sunday 29 June 2014 13.52
Four people appeared in court in connection with two separate drugs seizures
Four people appeared in court in connection with two separate drugs seizures

Four people have appeared in court charged in connection with the seizure of millions of euro worth of heroin and cocaine in two separate garda raids.

40-year-old Patrick Forde, with an address at Arlesey, Bedfordshire in the UK, and Susan Brown, 43, of the same address, appeared before the Dublin District Court today in connection with Thursday night's heroin seizure in Drogheda Co Louth.

Officers from The Garda National Drugs Unit gave evidence of their arrests.

The two were charged under section three and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, with possession of 18 kilogrammes of heroin, with an estimated street value of €3m at the M1 toll plaza. 

No application for bail was made on behalf of either accused.

Ms Brown was remanded in the Dóchas Centre at Mountjoy Prison to appear before Drogheda District Court next Tuesday.

Mr Forde was remanded to Cloverhill Prison to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

Another man is still being detained in Drogheda Garda Station in connection with the haul.

Separately, two Colombian men appeared in court charged in connection with a €2.24m seizure of cocaine in Dublin on Thursday evening.

27-year-old David Sanchez and 37-year-old Pedro Ruiz, both of no fixed abode, were both charged with possession of 32 kilos of cocaine for sale or supply under section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Officers from the Dundrum Drugs Unit gave evidence of their arrest.

No applications for bail were made.

Both men were remanded in Cloverhill Prison to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.