Longford pair appear on drugs charges

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Judge Seamus Hughes claimed almost 23,000 euro in expenses for the first six months of 2015.

A man and a woman charged with drugs possession are expected to have their case heard at a sitting of Longford District Court next week.

Michael Stokes (31) and Evangeline Stokes, both of 44 Palace Crescent, Longford appeared at a recent sitting of Longford District Court.

Both were served with three charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 arising out of an incident at the aforementioned address on June 21 2016.

Mr Stokes was charged with the unlawful possession of cannabis, the possession of cannabis for the purposes of sale and supply and unlawfully impeding Garda Lorna Scanlon as well as other gardai during the course of a drugs search.

Ms Stokes was likewise charged with the unlawful possession of cannabis and the possession of cannabis for sale and supply.

She was further charged with impeding Sgt Keelan Brennan and accompanying gardai by allegedly running upstairs and flushing cannabis herb down the toilet.

No indication was given by defence solicitor as to how both intended pleading due to the fact disclosure of the relevant documents pertaining the case was only received by his office four days beforehand.

“I do need to go through it with them,” he said, as he led calls for a brief adjournment.

Judge Hughes had no reservations in granting that request as he adjourned the case until March 7 for mention of plea.