Wednesday 17 July 2019

Woman caught dealing in cannabis and cocaine to feed animals at sanctuary

A Kanturk man, Kieran McGann of Greenane Street, who pleaded guilty to having cannabis for sale or supply received a six year sentence with half of it suspended at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Detective Garda Paul Leahy gave evidence that there was a Garda surveillance operation on the outskirts of Kanturk on December 8, 2017.

The court also heard that a middle aged English woman who was running an animal sanctuary in Kerry had resorted to dealing cannabis and cocaine to buy food for her horses. Rosalin Barton of Barrduff, Killarney, was jailed for four years. She was caught in a transaction involving the movement of €139,000 worth of cannabis herb at Dromalour, Kanturk.

In a follow-up search at her home in Kerry, €8,500 worth of cocaine was found. She pleaded guilty to having both drugs for sale or supply.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, "It is a very significant offence - €139,000 worth of herb. She was fully aware of what she was doing, fully aware of the criminality involved in the distribution of drugs, effectively on a county-wide basis. And she had cocaine at her home place ready and stored for distribution."

Detective Leahy outlined that two vans were seen driving in convoy and then pulling into a lay-by.

Two black refuse sacks were transferred from one van to another and they then parted company. All parties were arrested shortly afterwards.

The sacks contained seven kilos of cannabis. Ms Barton got a six-year sentence with the last two years suspended.

The court also heard that Derek O'Donovan of Inchwell Road, Kanturk, who was represented by Siobhán Lankford SC, was also involved. Ms Lankford said O'Donovan was a passenger in McCann's van but had the least part in the offence.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said there were sufficient exceptional grounds in O'Donovan's case to impose a five-year sentence, which was fully suspended.

All three defendants pleaded guilty to having cannabis for sale or supply.

Barton was the only one of the three who was convicted on the additional charge of having cocaine for sale or supply, for which she was given a three-year concurrent sentence.