A grandfather and father-of-two suspected of being involved in the transport of €840,000 worth of heroin were “vital cogs” in an organized crime operation, a court has heard.
Michael Rafferty, 63, and Stuart O’Brien, 45, have been charged with co-defendant John Lindsay, 46, for transport in North Dublin supposedly had an estimated €420,000 more of the drug in his home when it was searched.
Judge Joanne Carroll denied bail for Mr Rafferty and granted Mr O’Brien conditional bail, while bail has not yet been requested for Mr Lindsay.
The cases were adjourned at Dublin District Court by order of the DPP.
Mr Rafferty (63) of McDonagh House, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 8, Mr O’Brien (45) of Keeper Road, Drimnagh and Mr Lindsay (46) of Baldongan, Lusk Charged with possession of heroin for sale or delivery March 15.
Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau officials refused bail.
Detective Garda Liam Eviston and Garda Geoffrey Dowling testified in the cases of Mr Rafferty and Mr O’Brien and said a surveillance operation targeted organized crime.
It has been alleged that Stuart O’Brien was at Circle K, Malahide Road, Coolock with what appeared to be an empty house holdall when he got into a Hyundai Kona driven by Mr. Lindsay.
The Kona dropped him off at Artane Castle Shopping Center and when he got out, the bag appeared to be heavy, Gardaí said.
Mr O’Brien got into a parked Dacia driven by Mr Rafferty and walked away five minutes later.
The court heard Mr O’Brien from Gardaí and was stopped had the duffel bag that contained only a few personal belongings.
Mr Rafferty was stopped on Oscar Traynor Road and Gardaí found a Supervalu bag containing 12 packs of heroin, each weighing 500 grams and with a total estimated value of €840,000.
A further search allegedly found 3kg of heroin worth €420,000 in Mr Lindsay’s home.
According to the Gardaí, Mr Rafferty and Mr O’Brien were “vital cogs” of an organized crime group who provided logistical support by transporting and distributing drugs on their behalf.
So far, none of the defendants have objected.
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