Man confesses to biggest ever heroin seizure in Cork; Sentencing later this week

Man confesses to biggest ever heroin seizure in Cork; Sentencing later this week
Kevin Bulman (left) at the Bridewell Cork

A MAN who confessed to having the biggest quantity of heroin ever seized in Cork city - a €350,000 stash – will be sentenced on Friday.

Kevin Bulman appeared at Cork District Court today by video link from Cork Prison. 

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told that defence barrister Peter O’Flynn would be looking for a probation report on the accused in advance of sentencing. 

The report was sought on the basis that Bulman had chronic addiction problems but was now doing well.

However, the judge was not inclined to direct a probation report and said that even before the Coronavirus restrictions, “It was taking eight to ten weeks to get a probation report.” 

Bulman spoke up on the video link and said, “I don’t want no probation report. I just want to get this over and done with.” 

The judge said he would sentence the defendant on April 24 without directing a probation report on the accused.

Detective Garda Paul Leahy charged Bulman with having heroin for sale at a time when its street value exceeded €13,000, the threshold figure which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Bulman has already entered a signed plea of guilty to all drugs charges against him today, including the most serious one of having more than €13,000 worth of the drug for sale or supply. 

He also signed a plea of guilty to the charge of having cocaine for sale or supply today.

Detective Garda Paul Leahy originally arrested Kevin Bulman on Patrick Street, Cork, on Tuesday, November 5 2019. 

The detective charged him with counts of possession of Diamorphine, better known as heroin, and the more serious count of having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply on that date. 

He also faces lesser charges of having heroin and cocaine for his own use.

A total of two and a half kilos of suspected heroin worth an estimated €350,000, which was split into a number of bags, was sent for analysis.

Commenting on the drugs seizure at the time, Superintendent Michael Comyns said at Anglesea Street garda station, "This is a significant seizure by our Drugs Unit here in Cork city. Drugs have such a negative impact on so many lives and have no place in our communities.”

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