Judge denies jurisdiction in case young man is accused of allowing use of premises for preparation of drugs

A judge has declared himself incompetent in the case of a young man accused of having authorized the use of a premises for the preparation of controlled drugs.

ndrew Goodey (23) is charged with allowing the preparation of cannabis and cocaine at a property in Daly’s Lane, Rush on March 31, 2021.

Judge Deirdre Gearty denied jurisdiction in Balbriggan District Court after hearing a statement of facts.

Sergeant Shane Griffin told the court it is alleged that during a search of the property in question, cannabis worth €1,486 and cocaine with an estimated street value of €33,583 were found. were found as well as benzedrine. Benzedrine is not a controlled substance but can be used to “enhance” cocaine, Sergeant Griffin said. It is also alleged that drug paraphernalia and packaging material, including digital scales and rolls of plastic wrap, were found in the house.

Goodey was later arrested, but no second suspects have yet been apprehended, Sergeant Griffin said.

Defense counsel said the defendant, with an address at Ardcain House, Grangegorman Lower, was 21 at the time of the incident and was studying for a degree in Dublin.

His parents had left Ireland in 2020 to move to Spain for his father’s job while he stayed at home. The other person was a school acquaintance who was asked to leave the family home and the defendant took him in, the lawyer added. He said Goodey was a somewhat vulnerable person who was living at home at the time without his family.

Denying jurisdiction over the case, Judge Gearty said the amount of drugs allegedly involved was too great.

She adjourned the case to June 9.

Thelma J. Longworth