COCAINE with a street value of €8,700 was thrown out the window of a car as gardaí approached on a rural road in the Mitchelstown area, a court has heard.
Now the driver of the car has been given a three-year suspended jail term for his part in possessing the cocaine for sale or supply.
Dion McCarthy (aged 21) of Camp House, Caherdrinna, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to that offence and was sentenced by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin.
Detective Garda David Moynihan testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that he observed the car driven by Dion McCarthy on the ural road on April 6, 2018, at Curraghgorm, Mitchelstown.
Det Gda Moynihan said the patrol car turned and followed the car driven by McCarthy.
“A package was thrown from the vehicle by an associate of the accused who was sitting in the front seat,” said Det Gda Moynihan.
Gardaí retrieved the package that was thrown out of the car and then caught up with the car and signalled for McCarthy to stop.
On subsequent analysis, it was found to consist of cocaine with a total value of €8,700.
McCarthy was questioned and in the first two interviews with gardaí, he denied any knowledge of the package.
“On the third interview he admitted he had a fair idea there was a controlled drug in the car, but he did not know the value of the drug, which I would accept,” the detective said.
Defence barrister Mahon Corkery said: “Dion McCarthy is gainfully employed. He is from a good family and well educated. In terms of the future, the gardaí do not have any concerns about Mr McCarthy.”
Judge Ó Donnabháin noted that the accused had no previous convictions when he was caught with the package of cocaine.