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Two Irish men charged in Australia after major drugs seizure

The Dublin men have been named as Harry McNab and Darren O’Brien.

Maroubra is about 10km southeast of downtown Sydney.
Maroubra is about 10km southeast of downtown Sydney.
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TWO DUBLIN MEN could be facing at least 10 years in jail if convicted on drugs offences after being charged in Australia.

The men were charged almost a fortnight ago after police in New South Wales found cash, cocaine and ecstasy in a home in Maroubra, a coastal suburb on the outskirts of Sydney.

The men are both 27 years old and have been named as Harry McNab and Darren O’Brien. They are originally from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.

New South Wales police say that the arrests came after a new team was established in June to investigate the supply of drugs in the area.

Two months later on 3 August the two men were arrested at nearby locations in the Kensington and Maroubra areas.

After their arrests, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Fitzgerald Avenue in Maroubra and also searched a car nearby.

In the home, officers allegedly found an amount of cash and drug equipment.

In the car, officers allegedly found an amount of drugs, believed to be cocaine, and a large number of tablets, believed to be ecstasy.

The men were each charged with a number of offences including the supply of a commercial quantity of drugs.

Under New South Wales sentencing guidelines, a conviction of the offence of supplying a commercial quantity of drugs results in a mandatory sentence of between ten years or fifteen years in jail.

The two men were refused bail.

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