Sunday, August 07, 2022

 

A Waterford man is one of two men to appear before the court in connection with the seizure of cocaine worth €8.4 million, which was flown into the country on a private plane.

According to RTÉ, 54-year-old Timothy Gilchrist, with an address at Mavis Bank, Newrath, Ferrybank, Co Waterford and 41-year-old Michal Luczak, with an address at Primose Avenue, Jigginstown, Naas Co Kildare, appeared before a special sitting of Mullingar District Court this morning.

Both men were charged with possession of 120 kilogramme of cocaine and possession of cocaine for sale and supply, following their arrest on Thursday evening.

Mr Luczak was arrested at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome in Co Longford during a planned intelligence-led operation. The court heard Mr Gilchrist was arrested at Lough Owel, Irishtown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath as part of the same operation, RTÉ reported.

Detective Garda Liam Mannion from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the court that when he charged Mr Gilchrist yesterday evening he made no reply.

There was no application for bail and the accused was remanded in custody to appear back before the District Court in Mullingar video link on 11 August.

Given the seriousness and the nature of the charges the court heard, Mr Gilchrist was granted legal aid.

Michal Luczak, also made no reply when charged. Gardaí objected to an application for bail on a number of grounds. Judge Patricia Cronin rejected the bail application and remanded the accused in custody until August 11 when he will appear back before Mullingar District Court.

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