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Lithuanian ‘tourist’ charged with cannabis growhouse offences

On Tuesday, Gardai uncovered a grow house at a residence on the Castle Road in Dundalk, with cannabis herb and plants worth an estimated €310,000 seized by Garda officers. 

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An image outside of Dundalk Courthouse on Crowe Street in the town. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

A Lithuanian national who claims he is a tourist in Ireland has been remanded in custody after being charged by Gardai in relation to a discovery of a cannabis growhouse in Dundalk on Tuesday morning.

Danielius Kurklinksas (23) of Castle Road in Dundalk appeared at Dundalk District Court on Wednesday afternoon charged with the cultivation of cannabis plants, unlawful possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply.

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On Tuesday, Gardai uncovered a grow house at a residence on the Castle Road in Dundalk, with cannabis herb and plants worth an estimated €310,000 seized by Garda officers.

Defence barrister Stephen Faulkner told the court that Mr Kurklinksas was a tourist in Ireland, having arrived in the country in early August to visit friends. He said the defendant was unemployed in his home country of Lithuania.

The court head that Mr Kurklinksas had just €10 in his possession. He applied for Legal Aid. He was arrested at 8.35am on Tuesday morning and offered no reply when to arresting officers.

When charged with the three offences under the Misuse of Drugs, the accused replied “I don’t agree with this.”

Mr Kurklinksas communicated in court via an interpreter. Judge Bernadette Owens remanded him in custody to appear again before Mullingar District Court on Monday August 24 at 11am.

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