Two charged over €1.5m haul ‘for Limerick drugs market’

Two men were charged at a special court sitting yesterday with possession of an estimated €1.5m worth of cannabis for sale or supply.

The men were arrested at a house in Annagh, Lisnagry, Co Limerick, on Friday, following a garda surveillance operation, Limerick District Court was told.

Unemployed carpenter Shane Ferguson, aged 44, of Meadowbrook, Mill Road, Corbally, was charged with one count of possession and one count of possession for sale or supply on May 25.

Co-accused Kieran Nevin, aged 35, of Oliver Plunkett St, St Mary’s Park, — also unemployed — was charged with the same offences.

The court heard Mr Nevin was in receipt of a disability allowance and needed a breathing apparatus at night to aid his sleep.

Gda Paul Crowley told the court he arrested Mr Nevin at 1.59pm on Saturday and charged him with two counts under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Gda Crowley told the court that he and his colleagues believed the drugs seized were “destined for the Limerick drugs market”.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused Mr Nevin bail and ordered that he receive any necessary medical attention.

Judge McCarthy fixed bail on Mr Ferguson’s own bond of €5,000 and an independent surety of €40,000 — half of which is to be lodged and approved by the court.

As part of conditions of his bail, Mr Ferguson was also ordered to sign on daily at Henry St Garda Station, surrender his passport, and not apply for any travel documents.

Both men were remanded to appear again in Limerick District Court on May 31.

Meanwhile, two men have been remanded in custody as gardaí continue investigations into a €1.6m haul of cannabis plants in Co Donegal.

Ming Sun, 44, and Xia Hua He, 34, both Chinese nationals, were charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, and cultivation of cannabis in a warehouse at Trummon, Laghey, on Friday.

Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded them in custody at a special sitting of Sligo District Court on Saturday night to Harristown District Court next Friday.

No application for bail was made.

Investigating gardaí said they were appalled at the primitive living conditions of the two suspects.

A senior Garda said the men lived in squalid quarters inside a warehouse where 2,000 plants and growing materials were seized.


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