Thursday 23 November 2017

Man caught with cocaine mixing agent told gardai it was horse tranquillizer, court told

Conor Gallagher

A MAN caught importing 50kgs of cocaine mixing agent tried to convince gardai it was to be used as horse tranquillizer, a court has heard.

The two consignments of Benzocaine, which is used as a local anaesthetic, were intercepted by Customs at a Fedex warehouse in Dublin.

Gardai traced the delivery to Paul Carthy (34) who claimed he had no idea it could be used to mix cocaine and that he believed it going to be used to treat horses.

When gardai put it to him that “even JP McManus wouldn’t need 50kgs of horse tranquillizer”, Carthy had no answer.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter until October and commented that the case “was just another example of the many roles required for drugs supply.”

Carthy of Donaghmede Avenue, Kilbarrack pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of an instrument for the production of drugs at a storage facility in Fingal on April 19, 2012. The Benzocaine was estimated to be worth €50,000 and can be used to bulk out cocaine by up to 500 percent

Detective Garda Damien O’Farrell told prosecuting counsel James Dwyer BL that a 25kg package of the substance was examined by a customs officer in Fedex in Swords. A similar package arrived the next day and was also examined.

Gardai carried out an undercover delivery to the storage facility the boxes were addressed to where they saw Carthy load them into a car and drive away.

He was arrested and claimed in interview that he was paid €100 to pick up the boxes and leave them in the dressing rooms of a Dublin football club.

Defence counsel Remy Farrell BL said Carthy is “well down the food chain” and was homeless at the time. He added he should be given credit for a very early guilty plea.

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