POLICE were in the Stiles Farm area of Antrim at 4.15am on Saturday December 8 dealing with an unrelated matter when they smelt a strong smell of cannabis and then found 20 cannabis plants growing in a property.
Jaroslav Cabala (27), of Stiles Farm, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on December 10 charged with cultivating cannabis; possessing cannabis with intent to supply; possession of cannabis; possession of NBOH/Phenethlylamine and Ecstasy.
A police officer said she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.
The defendant applied for bail and the officer told the court that at 4.15am on December 8 police were dealing with an unrelated matter at Stiles Farm when they noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from an address.
The defendant was allegedly under the influence of a substance and invited police in.
Two tubs of herbal cannabis were found and 20 cannabis plants were growing upstairs.
A strip of NBOH was found and scales, cash, grinder and bank statements were also seized.
During an interview the defendant told police the cannabis was for his own use as was the NBOH which was described as an LSD substitute.
The defendant denied supplying saying the scales were for weighing his own drugs and also for weighing food.
The court was told the defendant had booked a one-way flight to Slovakia for December 10 and the officer feared there was a risk he would not return to Northern Ireland if he was released on bail.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the flight was booked before the drugs were detected and he said the defendant had made full admissions to the drugs being for his own personal use but totally denied supplying.
Mr Ballentine said Cabala, a welder, had been working in Northern Ireland since 2012.
The lawyer said £500 seized at the property had been taken out by the defendant to live on until he got back into work.
Mr Ballentine said the defendant was planning to visit his girlfriend in Slovakia over the Christmas period.
District Judge Peter King released the defendant on bail of £500 with a condition that he resides at Stiles Farm and has to sign bail on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
He also has to surrender his passport and identification card.
The case was adjourned to Antrim Magistrates Court in January.