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Trial begins of men accused of conspiracy to possess cannabis resin in west Dublin

Two men have gone on trial accused of conspiracy to possess three quarters of a ton of cannabis resin in west Dublin.

William Hynes (aged 43) of Park Close, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath and John Mangan (aged 41) of Whitestown cannabis resin soapbar gack gakGreen, Blanchardstown, have both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring with others to possess cannabis resin and conspiring with others to possess the drug for sale or supply on July 31, 2006.

Mr Eanna Mulloy SC (with Mr Paul Carroll BL), prosecuting, told the jury in opening the case that gardaí found 354 kilograms (kg) of cannabis resin in 14 boxes in two vehicles at Browns Barn pub car park in July 2006.

He said four boxes were found in an Opel Astra that had been driven to the scene and left unlocked and the remaining 10 boxes were found in a Ford Transit van which had been parked beside the Opel Astra at one point.

Mr Mulloy said the value of the 81 kg of cannabis found in the Opel Astra was about €500,000.

He said that garda witnesses, who were at the scene in plain clothes, would give evidence of the movements of various cars and their occupants.

Detective Garda Una Shanley told Mr Mulloy that at 12pm she observed a green Citroen car, driven by Mr Hynes and with Mr Mangan as a passenger, driving towards the Nephin Road and then onto the Navan Road.

Det Gda Shanley said she followed the car to a service station in Clonee. She said Hynes exited the service station driving the Citroen and Mangan drove out afterwards in an Opel Astra. She said the cars drove onto the Clonsilla Road and into Lucan village.

Sergeant Sean Cullen said he observed a green Citroen and an Opel Astra directly behind it drive into Lucan village and across the N4 onto the Newcastle Road. He said the Opel Astra turned left into a car park and the Citroen turned right into Adamstown.

Sgt Cullen said he was later on duty on the Naas Road at 12.48pm and he saw the green Citroen exiting from the Baldonnell business park. He said he observed a Ford Transit van in the car park of Browns Barn.

He said there was a male in the front seat of the van and he saw the van move before being stopped and the occupant was arrested by gardaí.

Detective Garda Sharon Carter said as she drove out of the car park at Browns Barn at 12.30pm she saw Mr Hynes driving the green Citroen. She said she saw Mr Mangan standing on foot at a roundabout.

Det Gda Carter said she drove out of the area over a flyover, waited a few moments, then drove back and as she drove back she saw Mr Hynes driving the green Citroen and Mr Mangan was now a passenger.

She said she drove back to Browns Barn and saw the Ford Transit exiting the car park, being driven by a male. She said she turned around and she saw the Ford Transit and Citroen had been stopped by gardaí and the occupants detained.

The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury.


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