Three refused bail in Donegal cannabis case

Thursday 23 January 2014 22.12
The three appeared at Letterkenny District Court
The three appeared at Letterkenny District Court

Three women charged in relation to a cannabis find in Ballybofey in Co Donegal on Tuesday have been refused bail after the court heard they posed a "serious flight risk".

Two of the women, a mother and her daughter, are from Malaysia and the third is from China.

Sam Pohs Ooi, 62, and her daughter Chong Li Jiuan, 28, appeared at Letterkenny District Court along with Mei Ling Chen from China.

They were charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis and with having it for sale and supply.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €360,000 were seized on Tuesday.

Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that she was objecting to bail as all three women represented a serious flight risk.

She said that two of them had flown from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow Airport and then to Belfast, before being taken to Co Donegal.

There was no reason why they could not make a return journey, she said.

Judge Paul Kelly remanded them in custody because of the seriousness of the alleged offence and because they posed a flight risk.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s has been charged in relation to the seizure.

He will appear at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow.