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Monday, March 02, 2009

Man to be sentenced following drugs find

A Chinese man who was found to be in possession of over €100,000 worth of cannabis plants at a house he rented in Limerick last June is due to be sentenced later this afternoon.

The claim from 31 year old Hui Yu who has pleaded guilty to the crime was that he had no idea the 314 cannabis plants he had growing in 4 separate rooms of a rented house in Carrigkerry were illegal.

Gardai in Newcastle West uncovered the plants in the house which had been structurally altered to accommodate the growth of the drug when they raided it last June. The defendant stated he was asked to travel to Ireland from England to carry out a job ‘caring for plants’.

Mr. Yu also pleaded guilty to having a false British Home Office Immigration Card in his possession.

Gardai at Newcastle West made an appeal specifically to Landlords in the county in the wake of the discovery to check on their rented properties more regularly and to contact them if they notice anything suspicious.

Judge Carroll Moran will sentence the defendant at the Circuit Court today.

Hui Yu was jailed for 3 years at Limerick Circuit Court.

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