Man remanded on bail following Ballymote cannabis discovery

A 36-year old man has appeared before Sligo District Court this morning (Saturday) on charges arising from the discovery of cannabis worth an estimated €100,000 in Ballymote last Thursday.

Gerard Clarke, Castleburn, Ballymote, was before the court on two charges in relation to possession of the drug, including one for alleged sale or supply.

Judge Kevin Kilrane was told Clarke made no reply to the charges after he was arrested on January 17th at 7:31pm.

Defending solicitor Mr Gerard McGovern told this morning’s sitting of Sligo District Court that there was no objection to bail.

A number of conditions were attached to the bail, including that the defendant surrender his passport and any travel documents, sign on once a week in Ballymote Garda Station between 9am and 9pm every Friday, and that he reside at 27 Castleburn, Ballymote.

Mr McGovern said his client had already surrendered his travel documents.

The court heard Clarke was a father of five, worked three days a week and that the State was satisfied money found by gardai did not belong to him.

Clarke was remanded on bail to appear in court again on February 27th.

The discovery by Ballymote gardai and members of the Sligo Divisional Drugs Unit last Thursday of the cannabis, along with the sum of cash, was part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Sligo area.