A young drugs courier who transported over €34,000 worth of heroin from Dublin to Cork was arrested moments after stepping off the train and today he was jailed for five years.
19-year-old Ross Carr of 102 Errigal Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, was sentenced to six years with the last year suspended by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today.
Carr pleaded guilty to a charge of having Diamorphine with a street value exceeding €13,000 for sale or supply at Grattan Hill, Cork, on April 24 2017.
The €13,000 threshold allows for a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Detective Sergeant Robert Brosnan said Carr was of no assistance to gardaí regarding how or where he got the heroin, where he was selling it and what he was to be paid.
However, the sentencing judge took the defendant’s plea of guilty into consideration as he departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of ten years.
Defence barrister, Ray Boland, said, “It is a case where he was a courier of drugs to Cork. He is very young. He is only 19 now. He had a drugs debt. He was a courier for drugs to pay off the drugs debt. He agreed to take the drugs to Cork. He has his own difficulties.”
Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “This man came off the Dublin to Cork express and was arrested in the vicinity of the railway station. He has allowed himself to become a courier for others. He has put his health and his liberty at risk to supply drugs for others – others who may never be identified.
“But a courier is a vital cog where drugs are translated into the system - €34,000 worth from Dublin to Cork to keep the trade going.
“He allowed himself to be into this. You don’t get €34,000 worth of heroin unless you are a trusted person.
“Mr Carr has not helped himself. He failed to cooperated with the probation service – and not just a casual failure but there were continuous efforts by the probation service to help him.
“There is no doubt as to the seriousness of this type of offence.”
Det. Garda Brosnan said members of the divisional drugs unit, including Detective Garda Mark Harrington and Det. Garda Liam Finn, observed Carr and another man exiting the train. They left the station and walked up Grattan Hill.
“On seeing the gardaí they started to run. The defendant was carrying a JD sports bag. As the gardaí approached he threw the bag away,” Det. Sgt. Brosnan said.
The bag was retrieved and found to contain the heroin, later valued at €34,000.