The trial of Gui Yu Yang, aged 35, of 6 Linnetfields Green, Clonee, Dublin, commenced at Cork Circuit Criminal Court before Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin and a jury of six men and six women.
He pleaded not guilty to being in possession of cannabis, having it for sale or supply, a similar count related to possession of drugs with a street value exceeding €13,000, and cultivation of cannabis at Unit 7, South Link Business Park, Ballycurreen, Cork, on March 29, 2014.
The charge arises out of the seizure of €600,000 worth of cannabis plants growing at an industrial unit at the South Link business park.
Pearse Sreenan, prosecuting, outlined the anticipated prosecution evidence at the outset of the trial: “Acting on reliable information gardaí understood there was a particular industrial unit suspected of being a growhouse for the supply of cannabis on the market.
“Over the course of a number of months they were aware this premises was being used as a growhouse and they kept it under surveillance.
“On March 29, 2014, two cars entered the industrial estate, an Audi and a Mondeo. The evidence will be that Mr Gui Yu Yang was in the Mondeo
,” Mr Sreenan BL said.
Shortly after this evidence was given of the two cars arriving, Elizabeth O’Connell, defending, said a legal issue had arisen. Matters then proceeded in the absence of the jury.
The trial continues.