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Man charged with M1 drug seizure

A NORTHERN Irish man has been charged in connection with the seizure of around €234,000 worth of cannabis in a car on the M1 motorway in Dublin.

Mark Donnelly (44) appeared in Dublin District Court after he was arrested in connection with the discovery of the drugs in a vehicle yesterday.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded him in custody after his lawyer made no bail application on his behalf.

Mr Donnelly, a joiner with an address at Aghanore Road, Armagh, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply.

The offence, under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, is alleged to have happened at the M1 South, Baldrumman, north Co Dublin on February 13.

Detective Garda Eoin Roche of the Garda National Drugs Unit told the court the defendant was arrested at the scene last night and brought to Balbriggan Garda Station where he was charged this morning.

He made no reply after caution.

The accused's barrister made no application for bail. Deferring the issue of legal aid, Judge McNamara asked for a statement of the accused's financial means to be submitted to the court first.

She remanded the accused in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court next week.

Gardai have said 39kg of cannabis was seized with an approximate street value of €234,000, subject to analysis.

Irish Independent