Man jailed for biggest heroin seizure ever made in Cork city back in court

Man jailed for biggest heroin seizure ever made in Cork city back in court
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The man serving six years for the biggest heroin seizure ever made in Cork city was back in court yesterday to get a six-month jail term for another occasion when he had €30 worth of the drugs stuffed into his sock.

Sergeant John Kelleher said at Cork District Court that at 2pm on July 15 2019 at the side of St. Mary’s Church on Pope’s Quay, Cork, Kevin Bulman was found in possession of two bags of Diamorphine (heroin).

Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan, told Judge Olann Kelleher that the accused was getting on as best he could with the long jail sentence imposed on him recently.

“I would ask you not to add to the sentence,” Mr Cuddigan said.

Judge Kelleher imposed a six-month jail term but this will run concurrently with the much longer sentence he is serving.

Last month, Detective Garda Paul Leahy described how 30-year-old Kevin Bulman had just stepped off an air-coach bus from Dublin to Cork and walked to a taxi on St. Patrick’s Street when drugs squad gardaí awaiting his arrival arrested him.

He had almost €350,000 worth of heroin weighing two and a half kilos in his rucksack.

Kevin Bulman, who is from Youghal but currently of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing Diamorphine (heroin) for or sale or supply at Patrick Street in Cork on November 5 2019, at a time when it exceeded the €13,000 street value.

He told gardaí he had agreed to act as a courier bringing the heroin to Cork because of a drug debt and while he admitted he knew it was heroin, he claimed not to know the amount and had just been given the bag to deliver.

He also told them that he was given cocaine for transporting the drugs to Cork and while gardaí accepted that Bulman was a heroin addict, they did not accept he was as chronic an addict as he claimed, said Det Garda Leahy.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain said there was no underestimating the seriousness of the charge given the amount of heroin that Bulman had been caught with and his response upon arrest was equivocal at best.

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