A young man from Rochestown, Cork, who is accused of having more than €500,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply in Cork last Friday, was released on substantial bail today.
Russell McAdoo (aged 22), from Provence, Rochestown Road, Cork, appeared before Cork District Court facing a total of six offences relating to the seizure by members of Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad of 55 kilos of cannabis grass on May 2, the total street value of the drugs being €550,000
McAdoo is charged with possessing cannabis grass, possessing cannabis grass for sale or supply and possessing the illegal drug where it had a street value greater than €13,000 for sale or supply at both Maple Court, Mount Oval Estate, Rochestown and at No 19 Maple Court, Mount Oval Estate, Rochestown.
This is the threshold figure for the mandatory sentencing of up to life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years on conviction, unless a judge finds there are exceptional circumstances that enable him to depart from the mandatory provisions.
Inspector Michael Comyn applied for an adjournment of the case until May 14 in order to obtain directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions with McAdoo remanded in custody with consent to bail.
Defence solicitor, Donal Daly, said he had receipts to show the lodgement of two independent sureties of €15,000 as required under the bail that was fixed at a special sitting of Cork District Court on Saturday.
The other terms of the bail required him to surrender his passport, which Mr Daly said the defendant had done, reside at home with his parents' home at Provence, Rochestown Road, observe a curfew to be home from 10pm to 8am and sign on daily at his local garda station.
Detective Garda Neil Walsh of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad gave evidence
of arrest, charge and caution at the special sitting on Saturday and told the court that McAdoo replied: "No Comment" to each of six charges when they were put to him.