Man accused of flushing cocaine down toilet in front of Gardaí further remanded in custody

Limerick District Court.

A LIMERICK man accused of flushing a large quantity of cocaine down a toilet in front of Gardaí has been remanded in continuing custody.

Dean O’Donoghue (26), with an address at Hyde Road in Limerick City, appeared before Limerick District Court on remand from the prison via video link on Tuesday (October 31).

He is charged with impeding or obstructing Detective Garda Michael Dunphy and Garda Darragh Conroy during the course of their investigations into illegal drugs activities at a house at Umeraboy West, Knocknagree, County Cork, on Tuesday of last week (October 24).

Charge sheets allege that Mr O’Donoghue “picked up a large quantity of cocaine and ran with it towards the toilet and began flushing it down the toilet repeatedly after being directed (by Gardaí) to stop”.

Mr O’Donoghue is also charged with possession of cocaine, and with possession of cocaine for sale or supply, at the same house on the same date.

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The accused made no reply to any of the charges and was remanded in custody to appear before Limerick District Court again on November 14.

Dean O’Donoghue and his brother Aaron O’Donoghue (23), also of Hyde Road, were both arrested as part of an ongoing Garda investigation into organised crime in Limerick City, following a series of planned Garda searches last week at locations in Limerick, Cork, and Clare.

Aaron O’Donoghue is charged with criminal damage and possession of a slash hook during a violent episode in Limerick last September.

Gardaí told the Limerick District Court that Aaron O’Donoghue was “a danger to the community” and the “main instigator” in an “ongoing feud on the south side of Limerick City”.

Objecting to bail, city-based Garda Eoin Dillon claimed Aaron O’Donoghue was “actively involved” in a feud in the Hyde Road area and that he remained a “serious and active threat, including loss of life, to homeowners in the area”.

Aaron O’Donoghue is accused of using a long handled slash hook to cause damage to the windscreen and side window of a car at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, on September 17 last.

He has been remanded on custody after being refused bail by Limerick District Court.