Marian Andrzejak will be sentenced in October Picture: Press 22
A POLISH man who was ‘recruited’ by criminal elements to cultivate cannabis plants at a rural farmhouse in County Limerick was being paid €10,000 per harvest, it has been revealed.
Marian Andrzejak, aged 25, who is originally from Poznan has pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis plants, worth almost €117,000 for the purpose of sale or supply.
During a sentencing hearing on Monday, Gardai Ken McEvoy said 146 mature plants were found after a house at Creanville, Athlacca was searched on June 29, 2015.
Mr Andrzejak was in the rented house when gardai called and he made admissions at the scene.
Garda McEvoy said a search of the farmhouse revealed that six rooms had been converted to facilitate the cultivation of the plants.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told gardai found specialised ventilation and irrigation systems, lighting and foil lined tents in each of the rooms.
There was an entire system dedicated to climate control,” Garda McEvoy told Michael Collins BL, prosecuting.
It was accepted the defendant did not adapt the house and that he was not involved in the “onward distribution” of the drugs.
The court was told a calendar – written on Polish – was found in each of the rooms detailing the different phases of growth.
During interview, Andrzejak outlined in detail the processes involved in cultivating the plants.
The defendant told gardai he had decided to get involved for financial purposes and that the crop was his third harvest. However, he added that the first two were not as big.
Andrew Sexton SC said his client, who does not speak English, had only left the house a “handful of time” in the year before his arrest.
“He has no trappings of wealth, he was living a very isolated and solitary existence”.
Mr Sexton submitted his client, who has no previous convuctions, was a small cog in wider drugs trade and that he was not “in the upper echelons”.
Urging the court to be lenient he said life in prison is more difficult for those who do not speak English.
Judge O’Donnell will impose sentence in October.