TWO middle-aged men have been charged in connection with the biggest ever heroin seizure in Cork where gardaí recovered three kilos of the drug with an estimated street value of €425,000.
Anthony Cuthbert (57) and Derek Keenan (42) appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court yesterday following the drug seizure in Knocknaheeny in the city on Thursday night.
The drugs were seized by the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad.
Mr Keenan of Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin for sale or supply at Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny on July 9.
Mr Cuthbert from St Finbarr’s Road, Greenmount on the south side of Cork city was also charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin for sale or supply at the same place on the same date.
Det Garda Michael Walsh and Det Garda Pat O’Sullivan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to the men.
Inspector Pat Murphy said that gardaí had no objection to the men being granted bail provided they complied with certain bail conditions.
He said that gardaí would require Mr Keenan to reside at his stated address in Knocknaheeny, maintain a 9pm to 6am curfew there and sign on daily at Gurranabraher Garda Station.
He stated gardaí would require Mr Cuthbert to live at his home address in Greenmount, keep a 9pm to 6am curfew there and sign on daily at the Bridewell Garda Station.
He also said gardaí were seeking both men to surrender their passports and not to apply for any travel documents.
The men were also asked to provide gardaí with mobile phone numbers and to be contactable around the clock Both men agreed via their solicitors to abide by the conditions sought by Gardaí.
Judge Con O’Leary granted the state application for a two-month adjournment of the case.
He remanded both men on bail to appear at Cork District Court on September 9 for the DPP’s directions.