Man appears in court in connection with €250k cannabis seizure

Cannabis with a street value of €250,000 was seized in a drug squad operation at Vicarstown, Blarney, Co Cork, a detective yesterday said when a man appeared in court facing charges in relation to the case.

Man appears in court in connection with €250k cannabis seizure

Detective Garda John Sheedy gave evidence at Cork District Court in the case against a 35-year-old man.

Vincent O’Brien of 1, The Boyne, Riversdale, Rathcormac, Co Cork, was arrested at 7pm on April 1 at Kilclough, Vicarstown, Blarney, Co Cork. At 9pm on April 2 at Gurranabraher Garda Station, Det Garda Sheedy charged Mr O’Brien with two counts contrary to the drugs act.

Mr O’Brien was charged with possession of cannabis at Kilclough on April 1. He was also accused of possession of cannabis at the same date and place with intent to sell or supply. Mr O’Brien made no reply when charged and cautioned.

Inspector Mary King applied to have the case put back until May 15 to allow time for the preparation of a Garda file and for directions to be obtained from the DPP. Judge Con O’Leary released Mr O’Brien on his own bail of €10,000 with no lodgement necessary.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid.

The court case followed surveillance on the wooded area by detectives from the Cork Divisional Drugs Unit, based at Anglesea Street Garda Station.

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