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Man extradited to face charges for €120k Westport haul


A POLISH man who was extradited from his home country to Ireland last Thursday has pleaded guilty in relation to charges following the discovery of €120,000 of cannabis in 2017.
Tomasz Majcherzyk (44) formerly of Sheeaune, Westport appeared before Friday’s sitting of Castlebar District Court where he was charged with the cultivation of cannabis and the possession of cannabis herb for sale and supply.
Mr Majcherzyk was arrested by Gardaí in Westport on March 29, 2017 after they discovered a grow house in Sheeaune containing 111 cannabis plants worth approximately €89,000 along with €34,000 worth of cannabis herb.
The defendant fled the country shortly afterwards but was arrested in his native Poland and was extradited to Ireland arriving in Dublin Airport on Thursday.
Garda Padraig O’Connor gave evidence of arresting Mr Majcherzyk at Dublin Airport at 7.10pm and he was brought to Castlebar Garda Station where he was charged.
Mr Vincent Deane, state solicitor, told Judge Fiona Lydon that the DPP had directed trial by indictment and there was consent to return the defendant for trial at Castlebar Circuit Court on a signed plea.
Mr Dermot Morahan, solicitor for the defendant, confirmed that having spoken to Mr Majcherzyk he was satisfied that he understood the allegations against him and was willing to sign a plea.
When asked by Judge Lydon if he understood the offences and that he was pleading guilty to them, Mr Majcherzyk replied yes.
Mr Morahan was granted legal aid for one senior and one junior counsel and he was satisfied that a Polish interpreter was not needed to assist the defendant.
Mr Majcherzyk was remanded in custody to the next sittings of Castlebar Circuit Court on April 27.