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Businessman in court over €1.4m cannabis seizure

A Polish businessman was arrested over a seizure of greater than €1.4m value of hashish inside days of organising his export agency, a court docket has heard.

Motor elements retailer, Zbigniew Kosinski, 41, of Belfry Hall, Citywest, Dublin, has been held in custody on €35,000 bail.

He appeared earlier than Judge Treasa Kelly at Dublin District Court on Saturday charged with possessing the hashish for the aim of sale or provide.

It follows a multi-agency operation by personnel connected to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and Revenue’s Customs Service.

The operation resulted within the search of a warehouse in Glasnevin on Friday and the seizure of 72 kilos of suspected hashish.

Detective Garda Gavin Curran objected to bail because of the seriousness of the case.

He mentioned the premises was below surveillance when a consignment was delivered and allegedly signed for by the accused utilizing a false identify.

A search was carried out ensuing within the medication being present in his workplace and Mr Kosinski was arrested below drug trafficking legal guidelines.

Detective Garda Curran mentioned the accused had began renting the big warehouse with an workplace two days previous to the drug seizure.

He agreed with defence solicitor Tracy Horan that he was co-operative on arrest.

The married father-of-one had returned on July 1st after spending seven weeks in Poland the place his spouse is present process remedy for a critical medical drawback.

He has, nevertheless, lived in Ireland for seven years.

The garda agreed he began utilizing his enterprise premises to export automobile elements to Poland.

He additionally accepted the solicitor’s rivalry that her shopper was presumed harmless and “would have been very far down the food chain”, and his alleged involvement would have been on the “bottom of the ladder”.

However, he added that circumstances wouldn’t alleviate his considerations that the accused would flee if granted bail.

Pleading for bail, his solicitor identified that he had by no means been in hassle earlier than and was presumed harmless. The medication, which need to be analysed, may change into value a lot lower than the worth said in court docket, she submitted.

Judge Kelly set bail in his personal bond of €30,000, of which €20,000 money should be lodged. An unbiased surety within the sum of €10,000 can be required, she ordered.

Ms Horan objected and argued that this was tantamount to refusal of bail, including that in in homicide circumstances it could not be set so excessive for somebody with no prior convictions.

Judge Kelly diminished the unbiased surety to €5,000. Once the bail phrases have been met he should give up his passport and never apply for various journey documentation, he should stay within the jurisdiction, signal on 3 times per week at his native Garda station, and be contactable by cellphone always.

Mr Kosinski was remanded in custody with consent to bail to look once more subsequent week. He has not but indicated how he’ll plead.

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