Teens charged over County Limerick drugs find

TWO teenage boys from East Limerick have been charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure in Cappamore last year.

TWO teenage boys from East Limerick have been charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure in Cappamore last year.

Jamie Ryan, aged 18, of Castle Erkin, Pallasgreen is accused of possession of quantities of cannabis and ecstasy for the purpose of sale or supply at the Old Creamery, Turagh, Cappamore on October 10, 2011.

Det Garda Michael Reidy, Bruff, told Limerick District Court the defendant had nothing to say when he formally charged him on July 17, last.

Insp Seamus Ruane said a file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions who had consented to the case being dealt with in the District Court.

However, after being told that the drugs seized are alleged to be worth more than €8,500, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was refusing jurisdiction due to the seriousness of the case.

Ryan’s case will now be referred back to the DPP for her further consideration and the case is due before the court again in November.

Meanwhile, the case of a second teenager, who can’t be named because of his age, was adjourned until September 4, next.

The now 17-year-old, who had an address in Cappamore, is charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply.

Det Garda Reidy said the defendant had played a “secondary role” in the offence and he told the court he made no reply to the charges.

Judge O’Kelly said in the circumstances and because of the defendant’s age he was accepting jurisdiction.

It is alleged the drugs, which have a street value of 8,692 were seized following a lengthy garda surveillence opreration.