Fourth person in court following cannabis discovery




A Malaysian man in his early 30’s charged in connection with a cannabis factory discovered in Ballybofey, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning.

32-year-old Ching Ann Low is the fourth person to appear in court charged in connection with the discovery of the cannabis factory worth an estimated €360,000 above a Chinese takeaway restaurant in Ballybofey on Tuesday evening.

The court heard the accused was a key holder for where the plants were grown and also looked after the equipment used to grow the plants.

He is charged with possession, possession for sale and supply and cultivation of cannabis.

Garda Detective Sergeant Niall Boyle objected to bail saying he considered the accused a flight risk.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian objected saying Gardai had his passport and that his wife was also now in custody as she was one of the co-accused.

But Sgt Boyle said the accused could still slip into Northern Ireland and out of the jurisdiction.

The court heard that Ching Ann Low arrived in Ireland in October 2012 with his wife and mother-in-law.

Judge Paul Kelly said he agreed the accused could be a flight risk and remanded him in custody at Castlerea Prison until Monday to appear at Letterkenny District Court by video-link.




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