New Zealander charged with possession of cannabis in Ireland

Zoran Spasich
Zoran Spasich

A New Zealander has appeared in an Irish court over a large-scale drug operation, local media is reporting.

The Irish Times reports Serbian-born Zoran Spasich, 56, travelling on a New Zealand passport, is one of three charged after police discovered a cannabis-growing house containing 300 plants – estimated to be worth $377,000 – in Fermoy, County Cork.

Another room was allegedly set up in the same house to grow more plants.

He appeared in court charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply on Monday (local time) and did not seek bail, the report said.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade earlier said it had seen reports of the arrest but had not been approached for consular assistance.

His Facebook profile notes that he moved to Auckland in 1996 and studied at Manukau Institute of Technology. It says he currently lives in London.

The Irish Times earlier reported a 38-year-old Malaysian man and a 51-year-old Hong Kong/British man were also arrested for the operation believed to be run by the Chinese Triad gang.

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