The Four Courts
A Dublin man has gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court charged with possessing an assault rife, ammunition and almost €3 million worth of drugs in a Co Kildare town two years ago.
Michael Brady (54), with an address at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin is charged with possessing €1.5 million worth of cocaine, €1.26 million worth of heroin, an assault rife and more than 180 rounds of ammunition at Sallins Bridge, in Sallins, Co Kildare on January 24, 2017.
Arraigned before the non-jury Special Criminal Court today, Mr Brady pleaded not guilty to all nine counts on the indictment.
Opening the State's case, prosecuting lawyers told the three-judge court that the property at Sallins Bridge was under surveillance as part of a wider garda operation concerning activities at Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.
Fiona Murphy SC, for the DPP, said Mr Brady was seen emerging from the premises at Sallins Bridge in a grey Volkswagen Golf at around 2pm on the day in question. He was stopped and arrested under the Road Traffic Act in Naas, where he provided a false name "Declan Brady".
Ms Murphy said two live rounds of ammunition were found during an initial search at Sallins Bridge.
As a result, Brady was rearrested and detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
She said the owner of the property at Sallins Bridge came to clear out the premises four days later, on January 28. Ms Murphy said the owner found what appeared to be a large amount of controlled drugs and a firearm at the base of one of the beds.
A further search warrant was obtained and gardaí found €1.5 million worth of cocaine, €1.26 million worth of heroin and €1,000 worth of cannabis.
Gardaí also seized a 7.62 x 39mm calibre VZ 58 assault rifle and a variety of ammunition.
It is the State's case that forensic evidence links Mr Brady to some of the items found and to the address itself, Ms Murphy said.
The trial begins tomorrow before Mr Justice Paul Coffey, presiding alongside Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge David McHugh.
Mr Brady pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine and heroin for sale or supply under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act as well as a number of other drugs offences.
He also pleaded not guilty to possession of a 7.62 x 39mm calibre VZ 58 assault rifle in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable inference that he did not have it for a lawful purpose.
Finally, Mr Brady pleaded not guilty to possession of three ammunition magazines, a single round of .45” ACP calibre ammunition, 65 rounds of 9x19mm calibre ammo, 76 rounds of .45” ACP calibre ammo, 40 rounds of .38” special calibre ammo, a single round of 9.19mm calibre Remington make ammo and a single round of 9x19mm calibre C.S.C make ammo, in such circumstances to give rise to a reasonable inference that he did not have them in your possession for a lawful purpose.