A POLISH man who pleaded guilty to cultivating almost 200 cannabis plants at a house in West Limerick has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Limerick Circuit Court was told that Piotar Glebocki, aged 46, was found with the plants a house at Kilmeedy, near Newcastle West, on December 5, 2012.
During a sentencing hearing, Det Garda Jerry O’Sullivan said the defendant had been “recruited” by others to tend to the plants and that he would have been paid €1,500 by the owners of the drugs.
He said when gardai called to the house, they discovered a total of 192 cannabis plants which were at various stages of growth.
The court was told the street value of the mature plans was €52,000 and that the remainder of the plants had a potential value of €130,000.
Pat Barriscale BL, said his client, who has no English, was a “complete pawn” in the operation and insisted he had nothing to do with the origins of the cannabis plants.
He said he was taken advantage of when he got to Ireland and was “put into the situation”.
Judge Carroll Moran accepted the accused was not the main player in the operation but said he was involved in the cultivation of a very large amount of illegal drugs.
He imposed a four year sentence but suspended the final two years taking into account Glebocki’s guilty plea and previous good character.