A DRUGS courier who was caught transporting cannabis worth almost a quarter of a million euro from Northern Ireland to Limerick is due to be sentenced later today.
Trevor Cobbett, 37, of Sandymount Close, Lisburn, Co Antrim was arrested shortly before 8am on May 7, 2010 when gardai stopped and searched the Navy Vauxhall Vectra he was driving on the N7 at Gooig, near Castleconnell.
Det Garda David Baynham of the divisional drugs squad told Limerick Circuit Court that almost 20 kilos of cannabis, worth €240,000, were found in two sealed cardboard boxes which were in the boot of the car.
Judge Carroll Moran was told Cobbett - a married father of two - was the “sole occupant” of the car and that he told gardai he was due to meet another man in Birdhill at 8am that morning.
Det Garda Baynham told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that gardai were “sceptical” about Cobbett’s claim he was to be paid just €250 to transport the boxes as the cost of travelling to Limerick and back would have been around €40-€50.
Andrew Sexton SC, said his client had lost his job as a result of the offence and he said he had brought “a lot of tragedy on his family”.
He said Cobbett has regretted what happened “since the moment he was stopped” and he said it has caused a lot of worry and anxiety for his family.
Judge Carroll Moran will impose sentence this morning.