Chinese national sent forward for trial on drug cultivation charges

A book of evidence was today(Mon) served on a Chinese national, accusing him of possession of cannabis and cultivating 300 plants worth €240,000 at a Donegal farmhouse.

Pui Lam Sam, 64, was sent forward for trial to Donegal Town Circuit Court starting on Wednesday.

Sam, of no fixed address, was accused at Donegal District Court of possessing the cannabis and cultivating the plants at Garvagh, Ballintra, on January 24.

Judge Kevin Kilrane told him he had 14 days to notify the prosecution if he intended calling an alibi in his defence.

Sam was remanded in custody with access to bail previously awarded in the High Court but which, his solicitor Rory O’Brien said, he was unable to raise.