A motorist doing 155 kilometres per hour in his Volkswagen Golf was later found with a €17,000 stash of cocaine in his underpants.
Adeyinka Olamilekad Jarckel who was living in Clondalkin, Dublin, was stopped in Cork at a checkpoint.
Garda Peter O’Loughlin said that what brought the accused to the attention of gardaí was the high speed of his car.
A search of the car was carried out and black bin-liner bag was found. It contained cannabis – three plastic wraps of herb.
It amounted to almost two kilos of cannabis with a street value of over €39,000.
When asked about the cannabis he said a man in a red van put the drugs in his car.
In a further search of the defendant himself there was cocaine in his underwear. This had a street value of €17,000.
He said he was minding this cocaine for a second man.
Garda O’Loughlin testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the accused characterised himself as a delivery driver.
Asked if he agreed with this, Garda O’Loughlin said, “I did not think he was the main man but he was a bit more than the delivery driver.”
Alice Faswett defence senior counsel said the defendant said he was doing this in order to make a bit of money for Christmas.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said the defendant was describing himself as innocent but he had “cocaine strapped to his underpants.”
The judge remanded him in custody until February 19.