Man (30s) charged with cocaine offences after search at Mallow checkpoint

Man (30s) charged with cocaine offences after search at Mallow checkpoint

A man in his thirties has been charged with possession of cocaine following a search by gardaí at a checkpoint in Mallow earlier this week.

Stephen Murphy (35) of Passage West, Co Cork appeared before before a special sitting of Cork District Court today after gardaí seized €2,000 worth of cocaine at a checkpoint in Mallow.

Mr Murphy was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Mitchelstown Road, Mallow on May 21.

Det Garda Liam Finn of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Mr Murphy at Mayfield Garda Station at 12.25am on May 22nd.

He told how he later charged Mr Murphy with two offences.

Judge Colm Roberts heard that Mr Murphy made no reply to either charge when they were put to him after caution.

Inspector Pat Murphy said gardaí had no objection to bail being granted in the case once certain conditions were met.

The conditions included that Mr Murphy would live with his uncle at Ardmore Estate, Passage West and that he would abide by an 11pm to 7am curfew.

The conditions also included that Mr Murphy would sign on three times a week at Anglesea Street Garda Station the city.

Mr Murphy was also asked to provide gardaí with a mobile phone number so that he could be contacted at any day or hour during the week.

Judge Roberts told the defendant that he must ensure his mobile phone is fully charged and in credit to facilitate such contact.

He emphasised to Mr Murphy that if gardaí were unable to reach him he faced being taken in to custody.

Gardaí also asked that Mr Murphy would have no contact directly or indirectly with Keith O’Donovan (47) of Gurranabraher in the city.

Gardai sought an undertaking from Mr Murphy that he would not leave the jurisdiction or apply for travel documents to do so.

Judge Roberts also made it a condition of his bail that he would be of good behaviour and not commit any offence whilst on bail.

Defence solicitor, Joe Cuddigan said his client was willing to abide by all the conditions being sought by gardaí.

Judge Roberts remanded Mr Murphy on his own bond to appear again on June 17th.

He granted Mr Murphy free legal aid after Mr Cuddigan told him his client was in receipt of disability allowance.

Meanwhile, a 47 year old man detained by gardaí at the same checkpoint in Mallow on May 22 remains in custody after his arrest for suspected drug trafficking.

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