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Man sent for trial for drug dealing and possessing criminal proceeds

A man has been sent forward to trial on multiple indictments for alleged drug dealing and possessing money which were the proceeds of crime.

Keith Moon (23), of Doon, Sheenaune in Westport, was served with two books of evidence at Galway District Court this week alleging drug dealing and money laundering offences from 2018.

The Director of Public Prosecutions consented to Moon being returned for trial on both books to the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court Commencing on April 22.

One indictment alleges that on April 17 of 2018 Moon was in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell other otherwise supply it.

It is also alleged that at that time Moon was in possession of €6,195 which was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

He has been charged under Section 3 & 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and Section 7 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The second book of evidence refers to July 27 of 2018 at 17 Cill Ard, Bohermore, where it is alleged that Moon had both cocaine and ketamine meant for sale and supply.

In this incident he has been charged under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which applies when the alleged value of the drugs is €13,000 or higher.

Moon also faces charges under Section 15 for the same incident, as well as Section 3 simple possession of drugs.

It is also alleged that he was in possession of €3,000 which were the proceeds of criminal conduct at that time.

Judge Mary Fahy gave Moon an alibi warning, informing him that if he intends to use an alibi in his defence, the state must be informed of it prior to any trial.

Free legal aid was granted to Moon for solicitor Seán Acton, as well as both a junior and senior counsel.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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