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Two charged over €1.5m drugs haul

TWO men appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday charged in connection with a massive drugs haul.

Cannabis with an estimated street value of over €1.5m was discovered at a cottage in Annagh, Lisnagry, Co Limerick, last Friday.

Kieran Nevin, (35) of Oliver Plunkett Street, St Mary's Park, Limerick; and Shane Ferguson, (44), of Meadowbrook, Mill Road, Corbally, Limerick, are both charged with possession of cannabis with intent for sale or supply.

Gardai told the court that 78kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1.56m was seized following an intelligence-led surveillance operation.

The State objected to bail in the case of both men on a number of grounds, including the seriousness of the charges.

During the bail application, the court heard that Mr Nevin was unemployed and in poor physical health and required special breathing assistance for sleep apnoea.

The judge refused Mr Nevin's bail application and remanded him in custody until May 31, when he is due to appear before the court via video link.

Shane Ferguson was granted bail on his own bond of €5,000 and an independent surety of €40,000. He is also due before the same court again on May 31. Inspector Paul Reidy objected to free legal aid being granted to both men because of the value of the drugs involved.

Solicitor John Herbert said Mr Nevin was unemployed and in receipt of disability benefit.

He told the court that Mr Ferguson, an unemployed carpenter, had never received any state benefit as he was self-employed.

The judge reserved the position of free legal aid for both men to allow for a statement of means to be presented to the court.

Irish Independent