Convicted Portlaoise cocaine dealers back in court

TWO Laois men who ran a €1.5 milllion cocaine factory near Portlaoise are facing the loss of their assets in court.

TWO Laois men who ran a €1.5 milllion cocaine factory near Portlaoise are facing the loss of their assets in court.

Padraig Lewis and John Troy face a second Circuit Court appearance in Portlaoise later this month where the State is seeking a confiscation order against them.

The two local dealers were convicted in 2008 of running a cocaine operation at Troy's house in Ballynocken in July 2005.

Lewis and Troy were given a 15-year jail sentence in March 2008.During the search at Troy's house in July 2005, the garda found more than five kilos of cocaine, mixing agents and other items needed to mix the drug for resale.

Both men pleaded guilty to the charges which carried mandatory prison sentences.

A solicitor for one of the men would not confirm if the men would be challenging the order which is on the criminal list of the Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 25. This will be the second listing of the confiscation order which is not understood to have been brough by the Criminal Assets Bureau.