A POLISH man caught with a stash of cocaine and cannabis in a car in the Fermoy area has been jailed for eight and a half years.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a jail term of 10 years with the last 18 months suspended at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Rafel Klubikowski, of no fixed address, had denied the drugs crime but was found guilty after a jury trial.
The judge said that for the accused to carry such a large quantity of drugs was a high-risk action.
“It was clearly a gambler’s throw of the dice,” the judge said.
It was all the more so a gamble because the accused was convicted of similar drugs offences previously.
Imposing the 10-year sentence with 18 months suspended the judge said he would backdate the sentence to June 12 as the accused went into custody on that date.
The accused man, represented by Blaise O’Carroll, senior counsel had pleaded not guilty to the charge of having drugs for sale or supply at a time when its street value exceeded €13,000, the threshold amount for a mandatory 10-year sentence.
There was a state application to have €5,850 seized from the accused forfeited from the accused on the basis of it being the proceeds of crime.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said he would order the forfeiture of €5,000 found in the car to the state.
However, he said that a sum of €850 found on the defendant’s person could be returned to him.
In the course of the trial, Garda Peter O’Loughlin and garda colleagues described the car being stopped by gardaí on the Cork -Dublin motorway outside Fermoy.
When the vehicle was searched it was found to have concealed in it €5,000 worth of cocaine and €24,000 worth of cannabis.