Cannabis worth €14,000 was found in a raid on the home of a hard-working farmer in West Cork and gardaí found that the accused did not fit the usual type for this kind of crime.
Detective Garda Andrew Manning testified that Bandon gardaí and members of the West Cork drugs unit went to the home of John Hurley, aged 48, at Milland, Gortnacloghy, Skibbereen, Co Cork, on October 21, 2019.
During the search they found €14,000 worth of cannabis. They also discovered a small quantity for personal use of a hallucinogenic drug called DMT.
“From the outset, he put his hand up and made full admissions that he was selling cannabis.
“He was taken to Bandon Garda Station and questioned, and again he made admissions.
“He is not the usual kind of person we would come across in this kind of case. Apart from this, he is a decent guy — a hard-working farmer,” Det Gda Manning said.
He had a previous conviction for having a drug for his own use back in 2017.
Defence barrister Mahon Corkery said: “A debt had accrued in relation to his own addiction. Urinalysis shows he is clear.”
Mr Corkery asked the detective if gardaí in West Cork had any concerns about any future offending by the accused.
Det Gda Manning confirmed that there was no such concern.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “In all the circumstances, I accept what the guard says. He made full admissions to the guards. He has not come to garda notice and he has given clean urine samples.”
The judge imposed a sentence of two years, which he suspended, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. He also imposed a €100 fine on Hurley in respect of the charge of possessing DMT for his own use.