A 47-year-old Dutch man has appeared in court charged in connection with the largest cannabis seizure in a number of years at Dublin Port.
Christinus Verwaajji, with an address at Julianalaan, Beusichem, faces two charges – one of possessing cannabis and one of possessing cannabis for sale or supply.
Seven hundred kilograms of the drug, worth €8.4m, were discovered by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service on Wednesday at Dublin Port.
They were concealed in a 40ft Dutch-registered truck which had travelled from Holland via Wales.
Customs officers said the drugs were vacuum-packed and placed in cardboard boxes, which were hidden beneath a consignment of flowers.
The truck was impounded and its driver arrested.
Mr Verwaajji appeared in court today on two charges in connection with the seizure, dressed in a black jacket, blue t-shirt and jeans.
Detective Neil Cameron told the court that, when charged last night, he replied “I understand” to one of the counts.
There was no application for bail or legal aid today and his solicitor said he was seeking assistance from Dutch colleagues.
Judge Hugh O’Donnell said he would need to a lot of information on his background, adding that, if he could afford a truck, he could afford to pay for a lawyer.
He remanded him in custody until this day next week, when he will appear at Cloverhill Court.