Man confesses to drug dealing charges after €35k seizure of cocaine in Cork city

Man confesses to drug dealing charges after €35k seizure of cocaine in Cork city
Pope's Quay. Picture: Denis Minihane.

GARDAÍ seized €35,000 worth of cocaine at Pope’s Quay in Cork at Christmas 2018 and today a man confessed to drug-dealing charges arising out of the stash.

As well as the cocaine there was a lesser quantity of cannabis seized during the same operation.

Paul Burke signed pleas of guilty to all five charges against him.

On the application of Sergeant John Kelleher, Judge Olann Kelleher sent the case forward from Cork District Court for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on June 15.

€35,000 worth of cocaine was seized at Pope’s Quay in Cork at Christmas 2018.

Detective Garda Robert Kennedy formally arrested Paul Burke of Coppinger’s View, Pope’s Quay, Cork, for the purpose of charging him earlier this month.

He was charged with possession of cocaine and cannabis, having both drugs for the purpose of sale or supply to others, and the most serious charge was one of having cocaine and cannabis for sale or supply to others at a time when the street value of the drugs was €13,000 or more. This charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment by judge and jury and also consented to a signed plea of guilty being entered at Cork District Court for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said that the 37-year-old defendant, Paul Burke, was signing pleas of guilty to the charges.

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