A Limerick man caught with over €34,000 worth of in cocaine Cobh last April was jailed yesterday for three years.
Tony Campion of 46 Griffith Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, admitted the crime at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The charge related to April 24 2019 at Waterfront apartments, Lynch’s Quay, Cobh, County Cork when the quantity exceeded €13,000, the threshold for a possible mandatory ten-year sentence unless there are exceptional circumstances.
On the application of defence senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell, Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin departed from the mandatory minimum sentence yesterday and imposed a headline sentence of five years with the last two years suspended. Ms O’Connell SC said both of the 31-year-old man’s parents were decent, hardworking people.
Detective Garda Kieran Crowley said a search was carried out at the defendant’s apartment on the date in question and two blocks of white powder in plastic packaging were found.
The defendant who was not present at the time of the search presented himself to gardaí the following day. He made full admissions to ownership of the cocaine.
He claimed that he had received it that morning and was to hold on to it until that evening and that for this he would be clearing a €500 drugs debt.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “He fully knew what he was doing. He was holding the drugs.”
The judge said that the accused should come under the direction of the probation service at the end of the three years and remain under their guidance.
“The probation officer says it is going to be a long and hard road for the defendant (in terms of rehabilitation that is needed),” Judge Ó Donnabháin said.