A 28-year-old Vietnamese fisherman has been before the District Court in Tralee charged with the cultivation of cannabis plants at an industrial estate in the town.
The plants had an estimated street value of €1.4m, the court was told.
Cao Son Nguyen of Khp Industrial Complex, Clash Industrial Estate, Tralee, made no reply to three charges under the Misuse of Drugs Acts.
The charges were for possession, possession for sale or supply, and cultivation of cannabis at Clash East, Tralee.
A bail application was made and, speaking through an interpreter, the accused told his solicitor David Ramsay that he would turn up for his trial.
Under cross-examination by Superintendent Jim O'Connor, he also said he was in the country legally.
He agreed he had no identification papers.
Mr Cao Son Nguyen also agreed with the garda that he tried to flee the scene.
"This was because I saw somebody storming in," he said.
Superintendent O'Connor objected to bail. He said the detection had been a major operation and drugs with a value of €1.4m were seized.
Judge James O'Connor remanded Mr Cao Son Nguyen in custody to next week. Legal aid was granted.
A second Vietnamese man, also arrested in connection with the haul, remains in hospital.