Court told of hidden drugs


Gardai found drugs worth £15,000 in beer cans after they stopped a car driven by an Antrim man, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told yesterday.

The car was stopped in a Garda operation on the Malahide Road at 7.50 p.m. on January 21st, 1996, as David Ralston was making his way from the North Wall ferry terminal in Dublin. They searched the car and found £1,200 worth of cocaine.

Ralston said it was for himself and he was released a short time later. A second search the next day, this time concentrated on cans of beer which were in the car, uncovered the larger haul of amphetamines, Det Garda Maura Walshe said.

In March, Ralston (34), Centaur Court Flats, Town Parks North, Antrim, pleaded guilty to importing the cocaine.