09 August 2020 04:45
A FOOTBALL manager and a former professional footballer appeared in court today charged in connection with a seizure of heroin valued at an estimated €3 million in Dublin. Andrew Noonan (41), the manager of Bluebell United FC, with an address at Redhills Park, Ellistown, Co. Kildare was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drugs for sale and supply, contrary to sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Footballer Keith Quinn (31), formerly of Sheffield United, Cork City and Shelbourne, and with an address at Monastery Gate Avenue in Clondalkin, Dublin was similarly charged with possession of drugs and possession of drugs for sale and supply, also contrary to sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Dublin District Court heard the pair were arrested following a joint intelligence operation carried out by gardaí and revenue customs officials on Wednesday last, August 5th, in Dublin. In his evidence Det. Garda Redmond O'Leary of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the court that the package of drugs seized contained and estimated 20kg of diamorphine with a street value of between €2.8m and €3m. Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Det. O'Leary said: "On yesterday's date at 16.45 at Blanchardstown Garda station I arrested the accused for the purposes of charge. Det. Garda O'Leary said he was objecting to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges, the possible sentence faced by the accused on conviction and the potential for flight in the event bail was granted.
Judge John Brennan said that while he was conscious of the presumption of innocence, he was refusing bail given the seriousness of the charges. Noonan was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill via video-link on August 8th. A short time later Keith Quinn, dressed in a black 'Nike' tracksuit with white trim, appeared in court also seeking bail. Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Det. Gda Liam Ahern said: "At 5pm on August 7th at Blanchardstown Garda station I arrested Keith Quinn for the purpose of charge. Seeking bail, defence solicitor Mr. Karl Monaghan said his client enjoys the presumption of innocence and highlighted the fact that, in the event bail was refused, his client would face an extensive period in custody while awaiting a trial date.
Garda Liam Ahern told the court that a package of drugs seized contained 20 kilogrammes of diamorphine with a street value of between €2.8m and €3m. Mr Quinn and Mr Noonan were detained in a nearby car park and brought to Blanchardstown Garda station. In court gardaí said that when they were charged, Mr Noonan gave no comment and Mr Quinn made no reply. Defence for Mr Noonan, solicitor Claire Usher appealed for bail saying the defendant had four children and is tied to his community. Mr Quinn's solicitor Karl Monaghan said his client was a high profile person, having played football in England and in the League of Ireland, and that he had no previous convictions.
He told the court the Garda was objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the charges and the possibility that the defendant was a flight risk. Mr Noonan's solicitor Claire Usher told the judge Mr Noonan was a father of four and deeply involved in sporting organisations in the community, where he was a football trainer. However, the judge ruled that given the serious nature of the alleged offences he would remand Mr Noonan in custody to appear before Clondalkin District Court by videolink on August 13th. Addressing the court on behalf of Mr Quinn, with an address at Monastery Gare Avenue Clondalkin, Dublin, Karl Monahan BL said his client was well-known in football circles and was a father-of-one who enjoyed a good relationship with his partner and child. Mr Monahan said Mr Quinn was a footballer who played in the League of Ireland and was entitled to bail, particularly given what was potentially a long wait for trial. However, the judge said, given the serious nature of the charges, he was remanding Mr Quinn in custody to appear before Clondalkin District Court by videolink on August 13th. Two men charged in connection with a €3million heroin seizure in Dublin on Wednesday have been denied bail. Andrew Noonan, 41, and Keith Quinn, 31, appeared at the Criminal Courts of Justice today charged with drugs offences. Both men were charged with possession of a controlled drug and possession with intent to sell or supply, contrary to sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Quinn, with an address at Monastery Gate Avenue, Clondalkin, Dubiln 22, and Noonan, with an address at Redhills Park, Ellistown, Co Kildare, did not address the court. Both accused were refused bail, and remanded in custody in Cloverhill Prison until August 13, when they will again appear before the court via video link. The court heard that the men were detained by gardai on Wednesday August 5 at a cafe car park in the Rosemount Business Park in Dublin 11. Garda Liam Ahern, from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, said that during the course of the operation, authorities discovered a package containing what appeared to be approximately 20kg of diamorphine, or heroin. He also said that on August 7, Mr Quinn was arrested and charged in relation to the seizure. Mr Ahern said he objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence, the potential for flight risk and the potential length of the sentence, if convicted. But Judge Brennan refused bail and remanded Mr Quinn in custody until August 13. Det Garda Redmond O'Leary, of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, told the court that on August 7, he arrested and charged Mr Noonan in relation to the matter, Mr O'Leary said he objected to bail, in part because he believed Mr Noonan would be a flight risk. But Judge Brennan also refused bail for Mr Noonan, and remanded him in custody until August 13. Andrew Noonan with an address at Redhills Park, Ellistown Co Kildare and Keith Quinn of Monastery Gate Avenue in Clondalkin appeared in court this morning. Mr Justice John Brennan said the charges were serious and refused bail for both men. Mr Quinn and Mr Noonan have been remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on August 13.