A Polish cleaner has been charged with having nearly half a million worth of drugs following garda searches across two counties.

Patryk Czajczynski (27), of Steeplechase in Ratoath, Co Meath, appeared before an evening sitting of Dublin district court on Thursday.

He was arrested following an investigation under Operation Tara by Gardaí attached to the DMR North Central divisional drug unit.

Mr Czajczynski, the court heard, was on disability but has been working part time as a cleaner in an apartment complex.

The accused was remanded in custody with consent to bail subject to a number of conditions.

These include a €5,000 independent surety, that he signs on daily at Ashbourne Garda station, and that he surrenders any travel documents to Gardaí.

The court heard that when the accused was arrested, he was allegedly in possession of €6,500 in cash.

Counsel said that this money was made up of savings the accused had planned to use to visit his mother.

A Garda spokesperson said, ‘ Gardai searched a vehicle on Mayor Street Lower, Dublin 1 on the afternoon of Tuesday 21st February, 2023.

‘During the course of this search cannabis with an estimated street value of €20,000 along with €6,500 cash was also seized.

‘A number of follow up searches took place in Co. Meath and also North Dublin since 21st February, 2023 and during the course of these searches Cannabis, Cocaine, Ketamine with an estimated street value of €460,000 and drug paraphernalia were also seized.