A man who admitted handling stolen cash from two cash-in-transit robberies and having €430,000 worth of prescription tablets has received a suspended sentence of seven years.
Dean Furlong (45) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling €12,000 in stolen cash on April 12, 2012, and €30,000 in stolen cash at Landon Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin on August 16, 2012.
Furlong of Beelin Mews, Tyrrellstown, Dublin, also pleaded guilty to supplying a medicinal product without a prescription and having drugs for sale or supply in Tallaght on October 13, 2011.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring had previously adjourned sentencing a number of times to allow Furlong attend drug addiction treatment. The court heard he has completed this programme and has enrolled in an addiction studies course at DCU.
Judge Ring said that in light of the commitment he had shown to deal with his addiction, she would suspend the sentence.
Furlong's 34 previous convictions are mostly for traffic offences but include a three-year sentence for assault handed down in October 2006.
Detective Garda David Jennings said that Furlong was stopped on the Tallaght bypass in November 2011 and became aggressive and agitated.
Twenty boxes of two types of prescription medication were discovered in the back of his van.