€700k drug find at north Cork farm

€700k drug find at north Cork farm

A MAN in his 40s has been charged in connection with the discovery of over €700,000 worth of drugs at a farm in north Cork over the weekend.

Michael O’Brien, aged 44, from Bweeng, appeared before a special sitting of Mallow District Court. He was charged with two offences arising from the drug seizure by gardaí in Bweeng on Saturday.

Mr O’Brien was charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at an address in Bweeng on February 23. Both offences are contrary to Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Detective Garda Pat Sexton gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution in the case. 

He said that Mr O’Brien made no reply to either charge when they were put to him after caution. Inspector Mick Corbett said gardaí had no objection to the granting of bail, once the accused was willing to comply with a number of bail conditions.

Mr O’Brien’s solicitor, Cathal Lombard, said that his client was willing to comply with all the bail conditions being sought by gardaí, including that he live at his home in Bweeng.

He also expressed his willingness to surrender his passport and sign on at Mallow Garda Station three times a week. Judge David Waters remanded Mr O’Brien on bail to appear again at Mallow District Court on April 23.

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