A man suspected of running a drug factory from his Bray home has been denied bail as he faces drug trafficking and money laundering charges

A man suspected of operating a drug factory from his home in Bray has been taken into custody for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Ukas Kuska (38), with an address at Adelaide Villas in Bray, Co Wicklow, was arrested in a raid on Wednesday by Gardaí attached to the Dublin East Divisional Drug Unit.

They seized during the operation combined narcotics worth more than €39,000 and €37,450 in cash.

Mr Kuska appeared before Judge David Kennedy in Bray District Court today charged with possession of cannabis worth an estimated €10,000; possession of cannabis with intent to supply and money laundering.

Detective Shane McGrath of Blackrock Ward Station said further charges could be considered after a substance believed to be methamphetamine worth £29,100 was found, along with equipment for making this drug.

Detective McGrath said Kuska did not respond when charged.

He opposed a bail request due to the seriousness of the charge and said the defendant posed a potential flight risk.

He said Kuska was not employed but €37,400 was found in his room and investigations are ongoing into three bank accounts used by the accused.

He said that during questioning, Kuska fully admitted to owning the drugs and that the money she made from them was “caught in the act”.

He said Kuska had no family or relationship ties to Ireland, used a Polish passport and faced up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Mr Kuska’s solicitor said his client had lived in Ireland since 2005 and worked until three years ago when he was involved in an accident at work in which he sustained foot injuries.

He said Kuska was an alcoholic and drug addict, had cooperated fully with the garda’s investigation and would agree to strict bail conditions, including a curfew, the surrender of his passport and not being asked for documents. of travel, and registration at a garda station. twice a day.

He said it could be two years before the case goes to trial in the Circuit Court, that Kuska had not been convicted and that there was a presumption of innocence.

Judge Kennedy denied bail, saying the defendant had no connection here through family, children or a partner, and a large amount of cash had been seized. He also said that passports could be bought and that, even if he refused bail, a High Court application could be made at a later date when Gardai had more information on the charges and the charges. defendant’s finances.

A request for the accused to receive medical treatment while in detention was granted, but a decision on a request for legal aid was deferred.

Kuska has been taken into custody at Cloverhill Jail to appear in Bray District Court via video link next Thursday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m.

The drug seizure was carried out as part of Operation Tara; an enhanced national anti-drug strategy launched by Gardai in July last year to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks at all levels – international, national and local – involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs.

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