Man faces trial on drugs and money laundering offences

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A 29 year old man has been indicted on multiple drug dealing and money laundering offences connected to over €175,000 in alleged proceeds of crime.

Umair Shahid, of Fana Bui, Ballymoneen Road, Galway City recently appeared before Galway District Court.

He faces seven charges including the alleged possession of cocaine for selling or supplying it, and possession of the same, at his home address and at an apartment in Mincloon, Rahoon on January 19 of 2020.

Shahid has also been charged with two money laundering offences on the same day, for possessing or handling money totalling €179,000 which is believed to be the proceeds of crime.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the case should proceed by trial on indictment at the Circuit level. 

Evidence was given to the District Court of the service of a book of evidence on the accused that morning.

Judge Mary Fahy made an order returning the case to the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court for criminal business starting on June 8 of this year.

Free legal aid was awarded to Shahid for his solicitor and one junior counsel. Judge Fahy said that she would leave it to the Circuit Court to address any application for the legal aid to be extended to cover senior counsel.