Tralee man who grew cannabis in tent in bedroom to be sentenced in December

A 31 year-old man charged with growing almost €25,000 worth of cannabis in a tent in the bedroom of his house in Tralee is to be sentenced in December. Tralee courthouse Czech national, Roman Michalek, pleaded guilty to the possession of the drug and the possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply in March 2014. His defence counsel called the offence a ‘single isolated blip’ in Mr Michalek’s life. Garda Sinéad Stack told Tralee Circuit Court that Roman Michalek was observed acting suspiciously in Tralee town centre on March 24th, 2014. On being searched, eight street deals of cannabis were discovered and the accused was taken to Tralee Garda Station. A search of his home at St John’s Park revealed thirty mature cannabis plants with an estimated value of €24,000. The plants were in a tent in the bedroom of the house and the tent had a ventilation system connected to an outside window. Defence barrister Brian McInerney said his client worked in a restaurant, was still in employment, had made an early guilty plea and was from an upstanding family in the Czech Republic. Judge Tom O’Donnell said he viewed the matter very seriously but adjourned sentencing until December 2nd to await a report from the Probation Service.