Moyross man appears in Limerick court on drugs charges

A MOYROSS man has appeared in court charged in connection with a major drugs haul on the northside of the city last year.

A MOYROSS man has appeared in court charged in connection with a major drugs haul on the northside of the city last year.

Heroin with a street value of €145,000 was seized in Castle Park, Ballygrennan, Co Clare on October 15, 2010.

John McCarthy of 87 Cliona Park, Moyross faces three charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act including possession of heroin, possession of the drug for sale or supply, and possession of heroin in excess of €13,000 for sale or supply.

Garda David McGrath gave evidence of arresting the 40-year-old this Tuesday morning at his Moyross home and bringing him to Henry Street Garda Station where he was charged in relation to the heroin seizure. Mr McCarthy made no reply to the charges after caution.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan applied for bail on behalf of her client.

Detective Sergeant Alan Cullen objected to bail being granted given the nature and seriousness of the charges against the defendant.

Judge Tom O'Donnell said the defendant faced "very, very serious charges on the face of it".

The judge said he was also conscious that the DPP has given directions that this matter proceed by indictment.

He said he had to deal with the charges before him, and fixed bail on Mr McCarthy's own bond of €500 and an independent surety of €10,000.

If Mr McCarthy achieves bail, the accused man must abide by bail conditions which include a nightly curfew; he must reside at his home in Cliona Park, he must surrender his passport and sign on daily at Mayorstone Garda Station.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail and is due before the court again on February 22.