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Sunday 20 April 2014

30-year-old charged after €500,000 cannabis find

Gardaí remove large bins of what was alleged to be cannabis from a shed in Terelton, just outside Macroom

A SLOVAKIAN national has been remanded in custody to appear in Clonakilty District Court after he was charged in connection with the alleged discovery of drugs with a potential street value of €500,000 at a cannabis growhouse near Macroom.

Drugs Squad gardai found 600 cannabis plants when they raided a house in Tarelton on Wednesday, September 18.

The gardai found the plants in various states of maturity in a shed attached to the rear of a house which had been specifically adapted with specialised heating, lighting and watering systems to facilitate the cultivation of plants.

Last Friday, gardai brought Slovakian national Piotr Stancik (30) before Bandon District Court where he was charged with two drug offences - cultivation and possession - relating to the discovery of the plants at Ros na Killa, Tarelton.

Garda Claire Bernadette McMahon said Stancik made no reply to either of the charges when they were put to him after caution.

Defence solicitor Myra Dineen applied for bail but Insp Gerry Lacey sought a remand in custody because of the seriousness of the charges, the fact Mr Stancik had no ties to the jurisdiction and the fear he would abscond if granted bail.

Judge James McNulty refused bail, remanding him in custody to appear again at Clonakilty District Court this Friday.

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