Man charged after major drugs seizure in Ringaskiddy

Man charged after major drugs seizure in Ringaskiddy
The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

A man has been charged after the seizure of almost €170,000 worth of drugs in a warehouse in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

Vytautas Balcytis, with an address at Ferndale, Navan, Co Meath, appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court where he was charged in relation to €14,000 worth of the drugs seized by gardaí.

Mr Balcytis, 31, was charged with possession of €14,000 worth of cocaine as well as possession of €14,000 worth of cocaine for sale or supply at Ring Port, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on May 21.

Detective Garda Eoin O’Toole of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution.

He told the court that Mr Balcytis made no reply to the charges that were put to him.

Gardaí objected to bail due to the seriousness of the charges. Gardaí also indicated that they believe that Mr Balcytis was involved in the distribution of drugs at a high level.

They expressed concern that he could commit further offences relating to the distribution of drugs if granted bail.

Det Gda O’Toole said gardaí would allege that as a result of a surveillance operation, they arrested Mr Balcytis at the Ring Port Industrial Estate in Ringaskiddy where they found a mixture of suspected drugs, totalling €167,000 in value.

These included a quantity of what is suspected to be heroin worth €56,000, a quantity of suspected Xanax tablets, worth €80,000, a quantity of suspected ecstasy, worth €17,000, and cocaine, worth €14,000, he said.

He said gardaí would allege that they were able to link Mr Balcytis to the drugs as he was observed at a motor van at the unit where the drugs were found. He said the key to the motor van was found in the car Balcytis was driving.

Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said his client was seeking bail.

Judge Colm Roberts said he would grant Mr Balcytis bail, but with conditions.

He made it a condition of Mr Balcytis’s bail that he live at his address in Meath, abide by a curfew at that address from 11pm to 7am and that he sign on daily at Navan Garda Station.

He also made it a bail condition that Mr Balcytis surrender his passport.

He remanded Mr Balcytis in custody with consent to bail on his own bond of €500 and an independent surety of €5,000 to be lodged in court to appear at Cork District Court on May 27 by video link if he has not taken up bail.

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