GARDAÍ responding to residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour targeted activities in Farranree and today a young man who fled with a sports bag containing a €10,000 cannabis stash was jailed for 18 months.
Garda Alan Hurson testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that at 11am on January 11 last year, he was on patrol in Farranree as part of new patrols targeting public order and anti-social behaviour due to the concerns of local residents.
“I observed Shaun O’Callaghan in a red Opel Astra parked up in Killeens Place.
“There was a strong smell of cannabis. Shaun O’Callaghan and his vehicle were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
“On the footwell of the car I found a cannabis joint and a small bag of cannabis. Shaun O’Callaghan admitted it was his.
“While continuing to search the vehicle, he grabbed a sports bag and took off running of the estate down the hill on to Fairfield Avenue.
“I followed on foot until he stopped and tried to discard the sports bag. He attempted to abscond and acted in an aggressive and agitated manner. Pepper spray was then deployed and he complied.
“The gear bag was recovered and contained cannabis herl with a street value of over €10,000,” Garda Hurson testified.
Also seized on that occasion was 41 individual small bags selling at €50 a bag and €100 worth of cocaine.
Weighing scales, tick list and other bags were found as well.
When questioned the young man said he had it for his own use and maybe he would supply it if someone wanted it.
Defence barrister Paula McCarthy said the 26-year-old sought the opportunity to prove he was off drugs and was now putting his life on a better footing.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he had no doubt such submissions were made in 2015 and 2016 when the same young man got community service orders of 200 and 220 hours on drug-dealing charges.
He said this proved to be of no value to the defendant or to society.
He imposed a three-year sentence with the last 18 months suspended on O'Callaghan who has an address at Rathpeacon Road, Farranree, Cork.
He was sentenced on the charge of having cannabis for sale or supply.