Gardaí found cocaine and cannabis in 'suspicious car' in Rochestown

Gardaí found cocaine and cannabis in 'suspicious car' in Rochestown

Gardaí noticed suspicious activities in a car parked outside Rochestown Auto Centre and they found cocaine and cannabis after a drugs search.

GARDAÍ noticed suspicious activities in a car parked outside Rochestown Auto Centre and they found cocaine and cannabis after a drugs search.

That was on April 4 last year and now at Cork District Court a passenger in the car has been sentenced to four months in prison for having cocaine in his possession at the time.

Craig Lee of Meadow View, Ballyvodock West, Midleton, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine for his own use at 5.30pm on that date.

Sergeant John Kelleher said gardaí approached the car when they noticed that the occupants were reacting nervously to the presence of gardaí.

They then got a strong smell of cannabis from the car and found cannabis and cocaine on the driver who was not before the court yesterday.

Craig Lee, aged 26, had cocaine for his own use, Sgt. Kelleher said in court.

What made the offence more serious for the accused was his previous convictions. 

Sgt. Kelleher said he had three previous counts of having drugs for his own use. He also had a conviction for having drugs for the purpose of sale or supply to others.

Joseph Cuddigan, solicitor, said that in terms of the manner in which he cooperated with gardaí, Craig Lee signed a memo at the scene in which he admitted the offence.

“I would ask you to consider a community service order,” Mr Cuddigan submitted.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he would not accede to this application.

“He already has a conviction for having drugs for sale or supply. And we all know the difficulties with cocaine,” Judge Kelleher said.

He imposed a four-month jail term on Lee for having cocaine for his own use.

The same defendant will have to appear also at Midleton District Court on Thursday this week for consideration of whether a suspended jail term will be activated in light of the conviction yesterday at Cork District Court.

The judge set recognisances in the event of an appeal at €750 cash and an independent surety of €750

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