Man on bail over €460k cannabis haul

A Polish man has been remanded on bail after being charged in connection with one of the largest seizures of cannabis in the south of the country so far this year.

Man on bail over €460k cannabis haul

Sylwester Pilarski, aged 39, with an address at Annahala West, Toames, in Macroom, Co Cork, appeared before Macroom District Court yesterday morning where he was charged in connection with the seizure of an estimated €460,000 worth of cannabis herb and cannabis resin in the Macroom area of West Cork earlier this week.

The drugs were found during a garda search of a house at Annahala West on Monday evening.

Mr Pilarski was arrested at the scene and was detained at Bandon Garda Station for questioning.

He was charged yesterday morning with possession of drugs for his own use, and with the possession of drugs with intent for sale or supply.

He faces four separate charges — two under Section 3 of the Missue of Drugs Act and two charges under Section 15 of the same act.

He was brought before Macroom District Court where Det Sgt Joanne O’Brien of Macroom Garda Station, gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution.

She told Judge James McNulty that the accused made no reply when the charges were put to him.

Following an application for bail, Insp Adrian Gamble told Judge McNulty that gardaí had no objection to bail, subject to the accused abiding with strict conditions.

Judge McNulty granted bail and directed that Mr Pilarski surrender his passport and sign on daily at Macroom Garda Station.

Insp Gamble said gardaí are preparing a file for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Pilarski was then released on his own recognisance of €10,000 to appear before Macroom District Court again on May 20, when the case will be mentioned.

Monday’s seizure is part of a garda operation which has resulted in the discovery of five cannabis grow houses and the seizure of a small quantity of cocaine in the area in recent weeks.

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