A 53-year-old Limerick man has gone on trial accused of importing 4kg of cannabis from Spain last year.

Patrick Scanlon, originally from Loughill in Co Limerick, but also with an address in Jersey, has denied four charges relating to the possession and importation of the drugs and having them for sale or supply in August last year.

A jury was told at Limerick Circuit Court today that a package sent by DHL courier from Malaga in Spain to an address at Churchview in Pallaskenry in Co Limerick was intercepted by customs officers in Shannon on 7 August last year.

On inspection the package was found to contain 4kg of cannabis, which was handed over to gardaí.

Gardaí set up a surveillance operation, in which a garda donned a DHL uniform.

The package was delivered to an address in Pallaskenry where it was accepted by a man who will be a witness in the case.

The jury was told it would hear evidence both circumstantial and otherwise that the package was for the accused man, and that gardaí saw him in the vicinity of the Churchview estate watching and waiting as the package was delivered.

The State alleges that this was Mr Scanlon’s project and his strategy, and that he was in possession and control of the drugs and their importation.

The trial before seven women and five men is continuing before Limerick Circuit Court.