Teenager allegedly took drugs worth €1,100 into jail

Teenager allegedly took drugs worth €1,100 into jail

By Brendan Grehan

A TEENAGER has appeared in Blanchardstown District Court charged with bringing over €1,100 worth of heroin and cannabis into Wheatfield Prison.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction in Josh Howard’s case.

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Howard, aged 19, with an address at Barnaville Park, Ballyfermot, is charged with bringing cannabis resin and with bringing heroin into Wheatfield place of detention, Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, on January 4, 2017, contrary to Section 15c (1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He is also charged with simple possession of heroin and simple possession of cannabis at Wheatfield place of detention on the above date.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Judge McHugh that the DPP had directed summary disposal.

She said it will be alleged that on January 4 last Howard was caught bringing heroin and cannabis worth €1,172 into Wheatfield Prison.

Judge McHugh asked if Howard had been a prisoner at the time.

In reply, Sgt Callaghan said Howard had been visiting a prisoner.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction.

Howard’s counsel, Jennifer Jackson Bl, asked the judge to make an order for disclosure.

She said Howard was not working and he was granted legal aid.

Judge McHugh remanded Howard on continuing bail for six weeks for a plea or a date for hearing.