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26/10/2021

WATCH: Man charged in Portlaoise with huge drugs haul

A man in his 30s has appeared at Portlaoise District Court on Saturday morning in relation to a huge drugs seizure, estimated at over €1m, near Geashill on Wednesday evening last.

Lukasz Mroz, a Polish National in his 30s, of Killelary, Geashill faced two charges in relation to possession of cocaine and cannabis.

He made no reply to both charges.

Garda Pat O'Connell of the Laois-Offaly Drugs Unit told the court that Mr Mroz Tod him he believed the drugs were amphetamines.

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Judge Catherine Staines remanded him in custody to Cloverhill next Friday.

Legal aid was granted.

The seizure occurred during a search operation at a house, sheds and lands near Geashill yesterday evening, Wednesday, October 18.

During the search Gardaí recovered large quantities of cocaine and cannabis herb along with an amount of suspected amphetamine. A sawn-off shotgun and large numbers of cartridges and rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

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