Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man described as 'quartermaster for Irish drug barons based in Spain' jailed after €380,000 found in pool table

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Ralph Riegel

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A man described as a quartermaster for Irish drug barons based in Spain was jailed for two years for money-laundering after detectives found €380,000 hidden in the leg of a pool table in his family home.

Terence O'Shea (46) was given a four-year prison term, with two years suspended, for a money-laundering offence after he appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain heard that the prosecution arose from a raid by gardaí on O'Shea's home at Aherlamore, Aherla, Co Cork, on April 2, 2011. The court was told that O'Shea did not use drugs or supply them.

However, the money he was found with was the proceeds of an Irish-Spanish-Dutch drugs operation, gardaí believe.

O'Shea admitted a count of handling property which was the result of criminal activity.

Gardaí were aware of connections O'Shea had to Irish citizens known to be involved in the drugs trade and who were now based in both Spain and the Netherlands.

Detectives also noted that O'Shea and his wife lived quite a lavish lifestyle.

Gardaí at one point estimated that the couple's lifestyle was costing €70,000.

However, the only known source of income the couple had was a €400 stipend from a small investment they had made.

Judge O Donnabhain was told O'Shea is a father of two teenage children and is their sole carer.

But he warned that a custodial sentence was unavoidable given the serious nature of what was involved.

Irish Independent

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