Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

New Zealand man arrested in Ireland over $356000 cannabis growing operation

New Zealand man arrested in Ireland over $356000 cannabis growing operation

A New Zealander with alleged Chinese Triad links has appeared in Irish court on drug charges.

Zoran Spasich, 56, a Serbian-born New Zealand citizen, Hong Kong-born British citizen Kim Cheung Johnson Liao, 51, and Malaysian citizen Kim Wong, 38, were all charged with were charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply.

A New Zealand man has been arrested in Ireland, after police swooped on a cannabis growing operation.

The arrests came after a raid on a house in Fermoy where cannabis plants worth about $378,000 were growing.

"Gardaí believe the grow-house was in operation for about a month and a number of plants have been sent to the Forensic Science Ireland Laboratory in Dublin for analysis".

Judge David Waters remanded all three in custody to appear again at Fermoy District Court on Friday.

Under Irish law, they can be held for seven days before they have to be charged, or released without charge.

Last night all three were charged in connection with the seizure.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said they were aware of the reports of the man's arrest but he had not requested consular assistance from the New Zealand Government.

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