Bags of white powder seized by gardaí shown to trial judges
Bags of white powder seized after a Garda raid were yesterday shown to the three judges sitting at the Special Criminal Court trial of Brian Rattigan, who is accused of possessing €1 million worth of heroin.
Rattigan (31), Cooley Road, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to the possession of heroin or to possession for sale or supply on Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin, on May 21st, 2008. He has also pleaded not guilty to the possession of two mobile phones while an inmate at Portlaoise Prison, on the same date.
It will be the prosecution case that Rattigan used mobile phones to act as the “directing force” behind a €1 million heroin deal from his prison cell.
The drugs were found in a shed at a house on Hughes Road South on the afternoon in question. A large amount of cash was also found in a shopping bag as well as a bundle of notes concealed underneath clothes on top of a wardrobe and two more rolls of cash in a jacket pocket.
Det Garda Robert Lambert said the majority of the notes were in €50 denominations and the total value was €36,850.
The trial continues today.