Delay in analysing drugs seized at Limerick house

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Marian Andrezejak has been in custody for almost four months [Picture: Press 22]
A JUDGE says she’s concerned about the delay in progressing the case of a Polish man who is charged in connection with the seizure of dozens of cannabis plants at a house in Athlacca earlier this year.

A JUDGE says she’s concerned about the delay in progressing the case of a Polish man who is charged in connection with the seizure of dozens of cannabis plants at a house in Athlacca earlier this year.

Marian Andrzejak, aged 24, is accused of cultivating cannabis without a licence and with possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply at Creanville, Athlacca on June 29, last.

While the results of forensic tests are awaited, gardai believe the plants have a street value of around €115,000.

On Tuesday, Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said his client has been in custody for almost four months and he submitted the delay in analysing the drugs is “stretching it”.

Sergeant Donal Cronin told Judge Mary Larkin that staff at Forensic Science Ireland have a high volume of work at present and that the lack of a certificate of analysis is delaying matters.

Adjourning the case to October 27 next, Judge Larkin said she has to balance the rights of the accused who is entitled to have the matter dealt with expeditiously.