North Cork a drug hub as fresh €200k busted

HOME­LESS LITHUA­NIAN, ‘IN IRE­LAND JUST DAYS’, CHARGED

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - BILL BROWNE

GAR­DAÍ in North Cork seized what they be­lieve to be al­most €200,000 worth of sus­pected cannabis herb in Mal­low on Mon­day.

What Gar­daí be­lieve is cannabis with an ap­prox­i­mate value of €75,000 was seized on Mon­day morn­ing. Later in the day, as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the seizure, Gar­daí from the lo­cal Drugs Unit, as­sisted by the Re­gional Dog Units, car­ried out a search at a house in the Quar­ter­town area of Mal­low at around 9.30pm.

Dur­ing the course of the search, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered and seized what they think is a fur­ther €125,000 worth of cannabis herb. This, along with the seizure ear­lier in the day, has been sent to the Garda tech­ni­cal bureau in Dublin for anal­y­sis.

A 28-year-old Lithua­nian na­tional ap­peared be­fore a sit­ting of Mal­low

District Court on Wed­nes­day morn­ing charged with two counts of possess­ing cannabis for sale or sup­ply con­trary to Sec­tion 15 of the Mis­use of Drugs Act.

Mean­while, this week The Cork­man reporter Con­cub­har Ó Liatháin maps out the ma­jor drugs finds across North Cork in just the last two years alone. This re­veals mul­ti­ple seizures by lo­cal gar­daí and re­gional sup­port units amount­ing to hun­dreds of thou­sands of euro worth of il­licit drugs.

And while th­ese seizures have been made right across the re­gion – in Kan­turk, Charlevill­e, New­mar­ket, and more – Mal­low has had more than any­where else, with the largest find over the past two years – and prob­a­bly for many years – turn­ing up in Bweeng and com­ing in at around €700,000.

GAR­DAÍ in North Cork have seized what they be­lieve to be al­most €200,000 worth of sus­pected cannabis herb in Mal­low last Mon­day.

What Gar­daí be­lieve is cannabis herb with an ap­prox­i­mate value of €75,000 was seized on Mon­day morn­ing.

Later in the day as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the seizure, Gar­daí from the lo­cal Drugs Unit, as­sisted by the Re­gional Dog Unit, car­ried out a search at a house in the Quar­ter­town area of Mal­low at around 9.30pm on Mon­day evening.

Dur­ing the course of the search of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered and seized what they think is a fur­ther €125,000 worth of cannabis herb. This, along with the seizure ear­lier in the day, has been sent to the Garda tech­ni­cal bureau in Dublin for anal­y­sis.

A Garda spokesman said they be­lieved the cannabis was des­tined for sale in the North Cork area.

Mean­while, a 28-year-old Lithua­nian na­tional, Tautvy­das Morku­nas, ap­peared be­fore a sit­ting of Mal­low District Court on Wed­nes­day morn­ing charged with two counts of possess­ing cannabis for sale or sup­ply con­trary to Sec­tion 15 of the Mis­use of Drugs Act.

De­tec­tive Garda Will Hos­ford gave ev­i­dence of ar­rest­ing and charg­ing Mr Morkanus, of no fixed abode.

Det Garda Hos­ford told the court that Mr Morkanus replied “no com­ment” when the first charge was put to him after cau­tion, while he made no re­ply to the sec­ond charge after he was cau­tioned.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor David O’Meara said his client was not seek­ing bail and In­spec­tor Miriam McGuire said that Gar­dai were seek­ing a re­mand in cus­tody for the ac­cused for a week.

Judge Brian Sheri­dan granted the state’s ap­pli­ca­tion and re­manded Mr Morkanus in cus­tody to ap­pear again at next Tues­day’s sit­ting of Mal­low District Court.

He also granted Mr Morkanus free le­gal aid after Mr O’Meara told the court that his client had only been in Ire­land for a few days and had no job and had no means of pay­ing for a le­gal team.

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