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Ex-CIE worker spent €45k on crack cocaine

A former CIE worker who spent €45,000 of his redundancy money on crack cocaine has been sentenced to seven years for drug-dealing.

Paul Mooney (40) of Railway Avenue, Inchicore was caught "red-handed" with €500k worth of cannabis in his home. He had been paid €2,000 to bag and deliver the drugs. He said he needed to pay off a Credit Union loan.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of almost 50kg of cannabis herb at his home on December 5, 2008.

"His life is in tatters", said Judge Patrick McCartan of Mr Mooney. "His family, job, savings and freedom are all gone because of drugs."

Judge McCartan suspended the final three years of the sentence, noting his early guilty plea and co-operation with gardai.

Detective Garda John McCarthy told the prosecution that he received confidential information about a shipment of drugs being transported through Dublin.

Gardai raided Mooney's home and found him bagging up the cannabis. He told gardai the drugs were his and claimed he bought them for €25,000.

He later admitted he was storing and transporting them for someone else, but refused to name them as he feared for his life.

He said he had recently been let go by Iarnrod Eireann and received €82,000 in compensation, and spent much of it on crack cocaine. He also got a €30,000 Credit Union loan and was behind in child maintenance payments.