Drugs accused on 'mystery road trip'

Published Tuesday, 02 October 2012
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A man accused of an attempt to transport a consignment of herbal cannabis from Belfast to Dublin claimed he was on a mystery road trip, the High Court has heard.

Drugs accused on 'mystery road trip'
The accused denied any knowledge of the drugs. (© UTV)

Daniel Tokarczyk was one of two men stopped in Antrim in a car containing £6,000 worth of the Class B drug.

The 27-year-old Polish national, who lives in Co Galway, is charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

During his successful bail application, the court heard that following the arrests on 12 September the co-accused who was driving the Renault Clio admitted the drugs belonged to him.

He claimed to have collected them from an unknown location in Belfast, and was planning to deliver them to an address in Dublin.

According to his account, he was to be paid €400.

Tokarczyk denied any knowledge of the drugs.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, opposed his release due to the alleged risk of flight.

He told the court: "He said he believed he was only there on what he described as a road trip with his friend.

"He said he was unaware of the purpose of the trip."

A defence barrister said his client has lived for six years with his sister, a waitress, who was prepared to put up her life savings to secure bail.

"He is intent on proving his innocence in this case," the lawyer stressed.

"He is aware that any credibility he has will be shot to pieces if he doesn't turn up in court."

Bail was granted on condition that Tokarczyk's sister provides a €2,000 cash surety.

Lord Justice Coghlin, ordered the accused to live with her in Co Galway and report to gardaí twice a week.

The judge also directed that all passports and identity documents must be lodged in court before he can be released.

© UTV News
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