GARDAÍ raided an apartment at Egerton Villas, Military Hill, Cork, to carry out a drugs search and a young man jumped out of bed and threw a packet of heroin out the window.
This scenario was described today by Sergeant Gearóid Davis at Cork District Court where the accused was jailed.
Ricky O’Donovan, aged 27, pleaded guilty to obstructing a drugs search and a charge of possessing Diamorphine (heroin) for his own use.
Sgt Davis said O’Donovan had 101 previous convictions, including two previous counts of having drugs for his own use.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said O’Donovan had been in custody since January, serving various concurrent sentences.
In relation to the obstruction charge, the solicitor said that while there was an initial act of obstruction when the defendant panicked on seeing the gardaí, he had been co-operative with the investigation thereafter.
Mr Buttimer said O’Donovan made admissions which facilitated his own prosecution.
Sgt Davis accept that this was correct.
Mr Buttimer said O’Donovan had been doing well in prison and attending rehabilitation to deal with addiction difficulties.
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a five-month jail term on the obstruction charge, and eight months concurrent for the possession of drugs for his own use.
The value of the seized heroin on this occasion was €75, Sgt Davis said.
The sergeant said, “On October 27, 2018, Garda Josephine Falvey executed a search warrant.
“Found on the premises were two needles containing liquid ready for injection and two wraps that looked like heroin.
“As Garda Falvey opened the door to the flat, Ricky O’Donovan jumped up out of bed and ran to the window and threw out a small bag, which Garda Falvey retrieved.”
The retrieved package contained the heroin.