Sunday 28 December 2014

Man (57) given seven year sentence for holding almost €500,000 worth of drugs at apartment

Published 15/07/2014 | 15:57

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a seven year term and suspended the final three years
Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a seven year term and suspended the final three years

A 57-year-old man has been given a seven year sentence after being caught with five different types of drugs worth nearly half a million euro.

Brian O’Connor was getting €200 a week to hold the drugs in his apartment, all of which he would spend on drink in the pub which he lived over.

Gardaí spotted O’Connor giving a package to someone which contained €137,580 worth of heroin. In a raid on his apartment the next day they found cannabis herb, cannabis resin, ecstasy tablets, piperazine tablets and heroin worth a total of €360,168.

O’Connor of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of possession of drugs for sale or supply at his home on February 6 and 7, 2012.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a seven year term and suspended the final three years in light of O’Connor’s co-operation with gardaí after his arrest.

Detective Garda Alan O’Connor told prosecuting counsel Eilis Brennan BL that a surveillance operation observed O’Connor come down from his apartment and give a package to a person in a transit van. The van was stopped a short time later in Chapelizod and gardaí seized the heroin,

O’Connor was arrested after the raid on his home the next day. He said in interview that the drugs had been in his flat for the last four to six weeks.

He said he was paid €200 a week to hold, count and mix the substances. Defence counsel Sean Gillane SC said all of this money would be spent on drink.

Counsel said O’Connor was suffering from TB when he was arrested and interviewed by gardaí. He said his client leads a solitary existence and that his family in England are not aware he is in trouble.

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