Dublin man faces trial following drugs seizure

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A 37 year old Dublin man is to go on trial on 15 January 2013 following the seizure of £2million of cannabis near Loughbrickland earlier this year.

Noel McCarville from Stilouge Green, Ballymun Dublin appeared at a preliminary enquiry at last Thursday’s local Magistrates Court.

He was remanded in custody after District Judge Mr Paul Copeland said he was satisfied McCarville had a prima facie case to answer.

McCarville is charged with possession of Cannabis with intent to supply, possession of Cannabis, possession of criminal property namely Cannabis and concealing criminal property - also Cannabis.

He said nothing in answer to the charges which are alleged to have occurred on 30 April 2012.

Urging the court to grant two defence counsel, solicitor Mr Finucane said the estimated commercial distribution value of the drugs was £2million.

Mr Finucane added, “He potentially faces a very serious sentence and there is an intentional element to this. The drugs were traced as far as Holland and there is supporting documentation in relation to that. This is more complicated than standard possession of cannabis.”

Mr Copeland granted an application for both junior and senior counsel.