Limerick man alleged to have tossed €10,500 of cocaine from car

Vincent Collopy of St Mary's Park, Limerick

A LIMERICK City man accused of throwing €10,500 worth of cocaine from a car as Gardaí approached the vehicle has been returned for trial on charges of having cocaine for sale or supply.

43-year-old Vincent Collopy of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, is charged with possessing cocaine on the Corbally Road, near the Clare Limerick border, on May 27 contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He is also charged with unlawfully impeding or obstructing Garda Ryan Hill at the same location on the same date, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

According to the charge sheet, Mr Collopy is alleged to have thrown a package containing €10,500 worth of cocaine from the front passenger seat of a Toyota Avensis as Garda Hill approached the car.

Mr Collopy is facing a third charge, of possession of cocaine for his own use at the same location on the same date, contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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Garda Enda Clifford of Henry Street Garda Station told Limerick District Court that he had served Mr Collopy with the Book of Evidence in the presence of Mr Collopy’s solicitor Ted McCarthy.

Judge Carol Anne Coolican told Mr Collopy that he had 14 days in which to furnish the State with details of any alibi witnesses he may rely on at his trial.

He was remanded in continuing custody to the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court for a plea or a date for trial.