Pensioner (70) in court after €2.5m of drugs seized
A Pensioner has been charged in connection with the seizure of €2.5m worth of drugs at a house in Co Meath.
Cancer sufferer Ronald Gordon (70) was refused bail when he appeared in Dublin District Court on drugs charges.
Mr Gordon, with an address at Gaywood Avenue, in Kirkby, Liverpool, is charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Sarsfieldstown in Gormanston, Co Meath.
Garda Brian Fahy told Judge Grainne Malone the accused made no reply to the charges after caution at Ashbourne garda station and was handed copies of the charge sheets.
Gda Fahy said he had "serious objections" to bail.
He said a four-bedroomed house at Sarsfieldstown was searched under warrant on May 8 while the accused was present.
Cannabis and cocaine with an estimated value of €2.5m was located.
The accused was a UK national with no ties to this jurisdiction and was "only renting the property in Gormanston".
Applying for bail, defence solicitor Michael French said the accused was presumed innocent. He said Mr Gordon had suffered from medical issues.
The accused was interviewed six times and denied all knowledge of the drugs and having "any part" in the allegations, Mr French said. He told the court he believed the charges were "premature".
The judge said she had to have regard to the amount of drugs seized. Remanding Mr Gordon in custody to Cloverhill District Court on May 17, she directed he receive all necessary medical attention and granted free legal aid.