Lithuanian charged with drug offence

A 31-year-old Lithuanian man was last night charged at a special court in Bandon, Co Cork, with cultivation of cannabis.

The charge follows the discovery this week, of a cannabis growfarm at Derreenaling, Ballyvourney, Co Cork, near the Kerry border.

The accused, Adas Backovas, who arrived in Ireland at the end of January lived in a mobile home at the remote address near Ballyvourney. He was charged under section 17 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, the cultivation of cannabis plants.

Det Garda Padraig Slater of the Bandon Drugs Squad said the defendant was formally arrested yesterday and made no reply to the charge.

The discovery of the cannabis, concealed in two containers placed underground, was made on Monday.

Supt Liam Horgan made an application to remand the accused in custody to Macroom District Court next Wednesday.

Solicitor Sean Cahill made an application for legal aid which was granted by Judge James McNulty.

Mr Cahill said the defendant was destitute in effect and had no assets.

He said Mr Backovas was not in receipt of any benefits from the State.

In response to the judge, Mr Cahill said there would be no application for bail at present.

Judge McNulty rem-anded the accused, who did not speak during the brief hearing, to Macroom District Court at 10.30am on May 1.

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