At a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Monday evening last three Polish nationals appeared before Judge Kevin P. Kilrane in relation to the discovery of a cannabis grow house at Blackfallow, Knockvicar, Co Roscommon on Sunday, November 18.
Garda Eanna Cuffe gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution against Lukasz Zielkowski saying the defendant was arrested on Sunday, November 19 at 8.49pm at Roscommon Garda Station and he was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, to wit, cannabis for the purpose of selling or otherwise supplying it to another in contravention of the misuse of drugs regulations.
The Court heard Mr Zielkowski had the services of an interpreter and made no reply after caution.
Insp Denis Harrington made an application for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on Friday next, November 24.
Defending solicitor Conleth Harlow said his client has no English and the offences were carried out for the purpose of economic exploitation.
Remanding the defendant in custody until Friday Judge Kilrane added, “I recommend, on humanitarian grounds, he be given reasonable access to his family.”
Detective Gda David Donnelly gave evidence in relation to the arrest of Bartlomiej Bak, 7 Acorn Wood, Leitrim Village.
Detective Gda Donnelly said Mr Bak was arrested at Shannon Grove, Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday, November 19 from where he was conveyed to Carrick-on-Shannon and he was charged at 10pm.
Insp Harrington made an application for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday next.
Insp Ray Mulderrig gave sworn evidence as to why the State were opposing bail. Insp Mulderrig referred to the nature of the accusation and the seriousness of the offence.
He said the drugs discovered (both cannabis plant and cannabis herb) were valued in excess of €80,000. The Court heard the cannabis herb was ready for sale.
Insp Harrington added Mr Bak has no ties to the State and enquiries are ongoing with Polish authorities in relation to his background.
The Court heard Mr Bak suffers from cancer and was due to return to Poland for chemotherapy treatment next month.
Remanding Mr Bak in custody until Friday Judge Kilrane said the defendant should “receive medical attention as is necessary.”
Gda Mary Burke gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution against Przemyslaw Abramczyk, 7 Acorn Wood, Leitrim Village.
Gda Burke told the Court the defendant was arrested at 8.07pm on Sunday last at Townparks, Carrick-on-Shannon and was then conveyed to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station where he was charged and cautioned.
The State applied for the defendant to be remanded in custody until Friday’s sitting of Harristown District Court.
No application was made on behalf of Mr Abramczyk for bail with Judge Kilrane remanding him in custody until Friday.
Legal aid was granted to Gerard P. McGovern Solicitors in relation to Mr Bak and Mr Abramczyk while legal aid was granted to Conleth Harlow in respect of Mr Zielkowski.