Man jailed after cannabis found by sniffer dog

Man jailed after cannabis found by sniffer dog
Garda sniffer dog Snipe detected almost €5,000 worth of cannabis in a house in Glanmire. Picture Denis Minihane.

The garda sniffer dog, Snipe, detected over €4,600 worth of cannabis in a house in Glanmire and the accused man was sentenced to four months in jail this week.

Dylan Murphy, 22, of 25 Kelleher’s Buildings, Dillon’s Cross, was convicted of having the drugs for sale or supply following the seizure of the drugs at a house at 30 Brookville estate, Glanmire, on January 26 2017.

Sentencing had been adjourned until Tuesday for a probation report addressing the possibility of the accused man getting a community service order instead of a jail sentence.

Judge Con O’Leary said it was clear from the probation report that Dylan Murphy did not care even though the report did not use those words.

Judge O’Leary imposed the total jail term of four months on the accused man.

Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan, remarked at a previous hearing, “I hope the State will buy a tin of Top Dog for Snipe for detecting the drugs.”

Inspector James Hallahan said yesterday that the gardaí executing the warrant had the assistance of the garda southern regional dog unit for the search.

“During the course of the search of a bedroom occupied by Dylan Murphy, Detective Garda Mark Durcan located cannabis herb to the value of €4,647.

“They also found cash, mobile phones, a digital scales, steroids and tablets,” the inspector said.

A previous order was made of forfeiture to the state of the €625 cash that was seized.

The defendant claimed he was minding the drugs for a third party to clear a drugs debt. Inspector Hallahan said the evidence of transactions on the defendant’s phones contradicted this contention.

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