Saturday 21 October 2017

Dublin man jailed for seven years following €780,000 drug discovery at his home

Declan Brennan

A Dublin man who had €780,000 worth of drugs, including €100,000 worth of heroin, at his home has been jailed for seven years.

Mark Mahony (33) of Oakcourt Lawn, Palmerstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at his home on January 17, 2013.

Garda David McGinley told Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting, that Mahony was arrested in Naas as part of a garda operation carrying out surveillance on a drugs transaction at a supermarket there.

A large amount of drugs were seized during this operation and Mahony has pleaded guilty to separate charges at Naas Circuit Criminal Court.

The court heard that after his arrest Mahony told gardai there were more drugs at his home.

Gardai went to this house and found heroin, cocaine, cannabis and PCP,  a cheaper substitute for cocaine.

The estimated street value of all the drugs was €780,000, Garda McGinley said.

Sean Gillane SC, defending, said his client has no previous convictions and agreed to transport and hold the drugs because of a cocaine addiction.

Judge Martin Nolan said Mahony must have known from the size of the packages that this was a serious amount of drugs.

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