A Polish man who was found with 28 mature cannabis plants growing in a rented house in Castlebar could be forced to leave Ireland after a Garda request that he be deported on foot of his criminal behaviour.
Michal Woranko (27) of 55, Lios Na Circe, Castlebar appeared before Castlebar District Court this week after a house he was found by Gardaí to have converted a rented accommodation into a sophisticated grow house for cannabis. He was paying €400 a month to rent the property exclusively for the growth of the drug, which he claimed was just for his own personal use and that of acquaintances.
On foot of confidential information Gardaí searched the property rented by Woranko at 1, Station House, Station Road, Castlebar and discovered 28 mature cannabis plants growing in the house.
Inspector Joe Doherty told the court that each plant had a street value of €400, meaning an overall value of €11,200.
Pat Moran, defending solicitor, said Woranko pleaded guilty to growing the plants but ‘would vehemently deny’ that he was involved in the sale of cannabis. He said Woranko provides cannabis to acquaintances of his and has a drug habit himself.
Mr Moran said that since detection Woranko has faced his problem with drug addiction and has been monitored by the Adult Psychiatric Unit at Mayo General Hospital since the end of 2011, which he believes has got to the root of his problem. He added that Woranko was ‘anxious’ to continue the treatment and asked if the court would consider delaying any prison sentence to allow his treatment to continue.
However Inspector Doherty informed the court that an EU Removal Order was in place for the removal of Woranko from Ireland. Detective Garda Róisín Loftus told the court that she applied on August 27 last to have Woranko deported because of his criminal behaviour in the state. She said the order was signed in January, 2012 and that she believes that Woranko appealed on the grounds that he has an Irish-born child but the appeal was unsuccessful. The court was told that Woranko was therefore due to leave Ireland last March.
Pat Moran said that his client is continuing to receive psychiatric attention. Judge Mary Devins asked for the matter regarding the deportation to be clarified and adjourned the matter to Castlebar District Court on Wednesday, July 18 next for sentencing.