Two men found in Dublin cannabis grow house remanded in custody

Image of the growhouse provided by Gardai
Image of the growhouse provided by Gardai

TWO Vietnamese men found in a €1.5m cannabis grow house in Dublin have been remanded in custody while enquiries into their identities continue.

Gardai investigating the sale and supply of drugs in the Crumlin district arrested two men after a search of a unit in Ballymount Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12 on Wednesday. A cannabis grow house with an estimated 1,500 plants and approximately 48kgs of vacuum packed cannabis herb were seized.

The two men detained under the provisions of Section Two of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at Crumlin and Sundrive Road Garda stations until they were charged and brought to appear before Judge Gerard Jones at Dublin District Court on Friday evening.

Thang Ngugen Van, 45, and Ngoc Toan Vu, 53, are charged with unlawful possession of cannabis herb, possessing it with intent to sell or supply to another, cultivation of cannabis herb as well as immigration offences for failing to provide identification.

Garda Larry Dempsey told the court that when Mr Vu was charged in the presence of an interpreter he replied “I understand” and “Yes”.

Gda Dempsey, attached to Sundrive Road station, said the value of the drugs was currently estimated to be €1.5m and he confirmed that this was the first time he came across the accused.

He said gardai have not yet been able to confirm his identity.

Mr Vu’s solicitor Michael French said his client was not making a bail application. The judge acceded to Mr French’s request for Mr Vu, a diabetic, to get medical attention in custody.

Co-defendant, Thang Ngugen Van, replied “I did not sell it” when one of the drugs charges was put to him and he had no reply to the rest of the charges, said Garda Damian Dempsey from Crumlin station. A file is to sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions the garda said.

Mr Van’s solicitor Barry Fitzgerald said there was consent to his client also being remanded in custody. The judge asked the garda if he knew anything else about Mr Van.

Gda Dempsey said that the 45-year-old had no documentation and “enquiries are on-going”.

The two men listened to the proceedings with the assistance of an interpreter but did not address the court. Judge Jones was told the pair were found in alleged grow house.

Legal aid was granted.

The pair were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.