Brothers charged following Limerick drugs seizure

Nick Rabbits

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Nick Rabbits

Kieran Collopy and Brian Collopy appeared before a special court sitting in Kilmallock
TWO brothers have appeared in court charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure in the city earlier this week.

TWO brothers have appeared in court charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure in the city earlier this week.

Kieran Collopy, aged 43, who has an address at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park and Brian Collopy, aged 40, of Kilonan, Ballysimon are each accused of possession of heroin, worth around €50,000 for the purpose of sale or supply.

Both men were arrested last Tuesday night after the drugs were seized when gardai searched a house at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park.

They were formally charged on Saturday afternoon after directions were received from the DPP that they should be prosecuted.

At a special sitting of the district court in Kilmallock, both men were granted legal aid and solicitor John Herbert assigned to represent them.

Objecting to bail in the case of Brian Collopy, Detective Garda David McGrath said the defendant is considered to be a flight risk.

He said Brian Collopy, who is in receipt of disability allowance, has left the country on 11 separate occasions over the past 12 months and, along with his brother, has access to an apartment in Benidorm.

Mr Herbert, said his client - a father of four - has always returned to the jurisdiction in the past and has a settled, family-led lifestyle in Limerick.

He submitted one way of ensuring his client would remain in Ireland was to order that he surrender his passport to gardai.

Objecting to bail in the case of Kieran Collopy, Detective Garda Noel Nash said he believed he too was a ‘flight risk’. He told the court Kieran Collopy has travelled outside of Ireland five times over the past year.

He also alleged that he is a senior figure in a criminal gang operating in the city - allegations which were disputed by Mr Herbert.

Judge Marian O’Leary refused bail in each case and and both defendants were remanded in custody to appear in Limerick District Court via video link on Tuesday.