Drug runner gets six-year jail sentence
A MAN has been sentenced to six years for acting as a runner and mover in a drugs operation.
Pawel Siek, of 1 St Bridget Terrace, Arklow, Co Wickow, pleaded guilty to having possession of drugs for sale or supply at Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow on July 7, 2011.
Judge Michael O'Shea suspended the last two years of the sentence on condition Siek entered a bond of €200 to be of good behaviour for two years.
Acting on information that drugs were to be found in a wooded area the gardai set up surveillance and Siek was seen going to the spot.
Under rocks in an old well there was a dustbin and when the lid was removed it was found that it contained cannabis plants and cannabis resin to the value of €90,272.
Wicklow Circuit Criminal Court heard that Siek, a Polish national who came to Ireland six years ago, was recruited by a man who gained his confidence.
He was told he would get money to pay for the insurance on his car and that if he failed he would be shot.
The judge said he was satisfied that Siek was well aware of the consequences of being involved and that he had gone into this with his eyes open.