Sunday 17 December 2017

Seven years for man found with €110,000 drugs

Sonya McLean

A MAN who was caught storing cannabis, cocaine and heroin with a combined value of over €110,000 has been sentenced to seven years after a judge said gardai must be supported in their "relentless job".

David O'Hanlon (24), of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply on June 14, 2011.

The 1.07kg of cocaine was worth an estimated €75,136, the 252g of heroin worth €37,933 and the 52.5g of cannabis had an estimated value of €630.

Judge Patrick McCartan told O'Hanlon that the law that states that a person caught in possession of drugs with a value of over €13,000 must receive a minimum 10-year sentence or a maximum life sentence unless the court is satisfied there are exceptional circumstances.

"The legislation is there to reflect the serious attitude we have to take to people who engage in the drugs industry because of the havoc drugs have on our society," the judge said.

He accepted that O'Hanlon stood over his initial admissions and co-operated with the gardai and said in those circumstances it would be "unjust to impose a 10-year term".

He suspended the last three years of the seven-year term.

Irish Independent

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