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23/10/2021

Athy drug factory accused warned he could get life in jail

Ainars Jankouskis1
A Latvian national charged in connection with a €750,000 cannabis factory in Athy was warned by a judge that he could get life in jail if convicted. Ainars Jankouskis (43) of Ballymorris, Portarlington, Co Laois was before Naas District Court this morning. Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "This is a serious charge. "It carries anything up to life imprisonment." Gardai previously told Judge Zaidan that they believed the accused is a flight risk and objected to bail. Judge Zaidan today remanded Jankouskis in custody to appear in court again in two weeks. Gardai found €621,000 worth of cannabis plants and €120,000 worth of cannabis herb in the property in Ardscull in Athy earlier this month. Officers said the premises was a fully-functioning cannabis grow house or factory. The court heard that the Latvian national has never come to the attention of gardai before but that more serious charges may follow. Mr Jankouskis, who was wearing glasses and a pony tail in court, has been suffering from HIV for 20 years and is attending St James' Hospital in Dublin for the condition.

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