A COUNTY Limerick man who is accused of importing almost €80,000 worth of cannabis gave gardai a false name when he was arrested, a jury has been told.
Patrick Scanlon, aged 53, who is originally from Loughill and who has an address in Jersey denies importing the cannabis, which was posted to an address in Pallaskenry, on August 8, 2013.
This Wednesday, Sergeant Pat Brennan of the armed Regional Response Unit, told Limerick Circuit Court he stopped a Volkswagen Golf in which Mr Scanlon was a passenger at Clarina Village shortly after 1.30pm.
He said when he asked him his name, the defendant replied “Michael O’Brien”.
Sgt Brennan said when he searched him he found a passport with the name “Patrick Scanlon” on it and he said Mr Scanlon made no reply when he asked him about it.
Mr Scanlon, he said, became aggressive when he was asked about the passport at which point he was handcuffed.
The jury was previously told that following his arrest, the defendant was taken to Henry Street garda station where he was questioned about a package containing 4.8kgs of cannabis which was intercepted at Shannon Airport.
Detective Sergeant Alan Cullen of the divisional drugs unit has told the jury the drugs had a market value of €79,076 at the time.
The jury of five men and seven woman has also heard that a phone which was seized from Mr Scanlon by gardai was analysed as part of the investigation.
Detective Garda Vincent Brick said an analysis of the call traffic showed there had been several calls and texts between Mr Scanlon’s mobile phone and the mobile phone belonging to Stephen Quinn, who signed for the package containing the drugs when it was delivered to his home by an undercover garda.
Det Garda Brick added that there were also a number of calls between Mr Scanlon’s mobile phone and the landline at Mr Quinn’s home at Churchview, Pallaskenry.
The trial continues.