Three charged in relation to €5.1m cannabis haul
THREE men have been charged in relation to the €5.5m cannabis haul discovered by gardai in the car park of the Ikea superstore in Dublin last Friday.
Sean Mahony (38) from Donomore Crescent in Tallaght, Peng Cheng (22) with an address in Holland, and Cornelis VanGent (72) from Rotterdam in Holland, all appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Dublin District Court this morning.
All three were charged with possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Evidence of arrest and caution was given by Det Martin Geraghty, Det John Rourke and Det Sean Earley all of the Garda National Drug Unit.
Mahony and Van Gent made no reply after caution, while Cheng replied "I understand" to both charges the court was told.
All three men were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court until Thursday May 8.
The court was told more serious charges may be made in the case at a future date.
The drugs were seized by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit after officers intercepted the handover of a shipment in the car park of the Swedish furniture superstore in north Dublin.
Two other Dutch nationals arrested at the scene were released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In the first stage of the operation gardaí stopped a van and a car in Ballymun on Friday and seized approximately 90kg of cannabis resin.
In a follow up operation in a unit at North Dublin Business Park Gardaí seized approximately 240kg of cannabis herb.
The total value of the drugs seized subject to analysis is in the region of €5.1m.
All three men were granted legal aid.