TWO Polish nationals have appeared in court charged in connection with the seizure of thousands of cannabis plants in West Limerick earlier this week.
The plants, which were at various stages of growth, were recovered when gardai searched four houses in Newcastle West, Mountcollins and Castletown Connors. They have an estimated value of €480,000.
This afternoon, Grzegorz Jacniak, aged 29, of Market Court, Newcastle West and Arthur Pietrziak, aged 36, of West End Mountcollins werre brought before Limerick District Court.
Mr Jacniak faces two charges of cultivating cannabis plants and one charge of possession of quantities of the drug for sale or supply. Mr Pietrziak faces a single charge of cultivation.
During the brief hearing, Judge Marian O’Leary was told neither of the defendants replied when charged and that neither were applying for bail.
Both were granted free legal aid.
Superintendent Tom O’Connor asked that both men be remanded in custody until February 13, next when a bail application will be made.