A 37-year-old Albanian man has been remanded in custody over a €1.2 million cocaine seizure in Co. Louth.Pavla Matia with an address in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, was before Drogheda District Court this morning, accused of possessing around 16 kilograms of the drug in Tullyallen on the afternoon of Saturday, November 12th.

The court heard he has been living in Ireland for the past 22 years.

Garda Emma Kilroe gave evidence on arresting Matia, after he left his Mercedes van and attempted to open the boot of a black Volkswagen car at a car park in the Meath border village.

After he got into the car, Gardaí approached him and uncovered the drugs lying in the boot.

They didn’t believe his reason for walking directly to the boot, which he said was to collect spare wheels for his van.

A number of mobile phones were also uncovered following a search of Mr. Matia’s residence, which Gardaí believe have information on them that is connected to crime.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan refused an application for bail made on behalf of the defence solicitor, Barry Callan, due to the seriousness of the charges, strength of evidence, issues surrounding the identification of the accused, and a flight risk.

She remanded him to appear before the court again, via video link, next Monday November 21st