Couple acquitted of drug robbery worth one million euros, now targeted by criminal police

In 2019, the DPP withdrew charges against the couple who were alleged to have been in possession of cannabis.

Natalie Chiper and Eduard Chiper were arrested in January 2019 after gardaí found cannabis herb worth €940,000 at a property in County Louth.

Although they both spent time in custody before being released on bail, the case against them was later dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

They are no longer being prosecuted but were mentioned at a High Court offenses hearing on Friday.

No details of the CAB case have been heard in court and no applications have been filed to date.

In 2019, the DPP withdrew charges against the couple who were alleged to have been in possession of cannabis.

They were charged in January this year under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act for possessing the drugs with intent to sell or supply.

They were also charged with simple drug possession under Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, it was revealed in court hearings at the time.

The couple, who are originally from Moldova but live at The Whitehouse, Tullyyard, Ballymakenny, were arrested on January 24, 2019 after investigators from the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau, assisted by officers from, carried out a planned search of the premises the Criminal Assets Bureau and officers from the Co Louth division.

The pair remained in custody for a time before being granted bail after independent guarantors posted large sums of money.

The charges were dismissed at Drogheda District Court.

At a previous bail hearing, a judge approved two independent sureties totaling €30,000 to enable Natalie Chiper’s release on bail.

At this point she had already been detained at the Dóchas Center in Mountjoy for four weeks.

Denis Ceban, one of the independent guarantors, was described as a family friend and owner of two takeaway restaurants in Dublin city center.

It was also heard that Vladimir Rufulea, a Romanian citizen who also posted a deposit of 15,000 euros, works as a bus driver and part of the deposit in this case came from the sale of real estate in Romania.

Details of her arrest and the Garda search at Whitehouse, Tullyyard, Ballymakenny in Drogheda were revealed at an earlier court hearing.


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