Man sentenced to 12 years for possession of cocaine worth over €600,000 fails in appeal
A man who was sentenced to 12 years for the possession of cocaine worth over €600,000 has failed in an appeal against the severity of his sentence.
In January 2012 Alan Graham (41), with last address at Collinamuck, Roscahill, Co Galway, was sentenced to 12 years with two years suspended by Judge Raymond Groarke for the possession of the drugs.
He had pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of cocaine worth €420,000 for sale or supply at Glenbrack, Gort, in south Co Galway, on November 2, 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to having possession of another three kilograms of cocaine worth €210,000 at Goaley's farmhouse, Annaghdown, in north Galway, on November 4, 2010.
The court heard evidence that Graham was a "trusted lieutenant" in the operation and had access to other valuable material goods including a high powered motorcycle and a jeep.
Presiding judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin today (Wednesday) said the Court of Criminal Appeal did not consider that the trial judge erred in principle and did not consider that the sentence imposed should be interfered with in any way.