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Men charged over €4.8m cocaine haul remanded in custody

Aug 7, 2022 13:08 By News Northern Sound
Men charged over €4.8m cocaine haul remanded in custody Men charged over €4.8m cocaine haul remanded in custody
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A Polish pilot and a Co Waterford man have been remanded in custody charged in connection with a seizure of 8.4m euro worth of cocaine in Co Westmeath.

54 year-old Tim Gilchrist of Mavis Bank, Newrath, Waterford, and 40 year-old pilot Michal Lucsak of Primrose Avenue, Jigginstown, Naas, Co Kildare, appeared before Judge Patricia Cronin at a special sitting of Mullingar District Court this morning.

Mr Gilchrist appeared before Judge Patricia Cronin charged with possessing cocaine for sale or supply at Lough Owel, Irishtown, Co Westmeath.

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Father of two Mr Lucsak is charged with the same offences at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome in Co Longford.

The seizure was described in court as a "massive loss" to a criminal group.

Judge Cronin remanded both men in custody to appear again before Mullingar District Court via video link on Thursday.

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Legal aid was granted.

Meanwhile, on Thursday last, Gardai monitored a small aircraft as it landed at the airfield in Abbeyshrule.

They later intercepted two vehicles near Lough Owel.

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120kg of cocaine was seized.

Gardai arrested the two men on suspicion of drug trafficking and both appeared today at a District Court sitting in Mullingar.

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