Bodybuilder convicted on drug charge
A BODYBUILDER who had almost €30,000 for the purposes of drug dealing has become one of the first people in the State to be convicted under new legislation.
But William Aylmer (31), of 13 Sarsfield Court, Lord Edward Street, Limerick, avoided jail after he appeared before Judge Carroll Moran in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded guilty to the possession of €28,300 for the purpose of drug trafficking offences.
The new law was introduced with the Criminal Justice Act 2007 and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Garda Paul Crowley told the court that Aylmer's home was searched on January 11, 2010, along with his family home at 161 Hyde Road, Limerick.
Judge Moran was told that the money recovered did not come from gainful employment.
Gardai also recovered digital weighing scales and self-sealing plastic bags, which the court heard were used in the packaging of drugs.
The judge imposed a two-year suspended sentence.