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Judge refuses bail for Asian women charged with cannabis cultivation

Letterkenny Courthouse.

Letterkenny Courthouse.

A DISTRICT judge has refused bail and remanded three Asian women in custody following the discovery of a cannabis factory above a Chinese restaurant in Ballybofey.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €360,000 were discovered, along with other items made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis, during a search at a premises on Navenny Street. The search was conducted by members of the Letterkenny Drugs Unit as part of an ongoing investigation targeting cannabis cultivation in Donegal.

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Mei Ling Chen (55) originally from China and Malaysian mother and daughter, Sam Pohs Ooi (60) and Li Jiuan Choong (28) were arrested on Tuesday evening and charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply, unlawful possession of cannabis, cultivation of cannabis and an immigration charge of failing to furnish information.

Judge Kelly refused bail for all three women on the grounds of there being a ‘serious flight risk’ and remanded them in custody to appear before Monday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court by video link from Dochás Women’s Prison in Limerick.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Donegal News

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