A BODYBUILDER who admitted having almost €30,000 in cash for the purpose of committing a drug trafficking offence avoided a prison sentence.
William Alymer Jnr, aged 31, with addresses at Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston and at Sarsfield Court, Lord Edward Street pleaded guilty to having €28,300 on January 11, 2010.
Det Garda Paul Crowley, Roxboro, said the money was seized during a search of the house at Sarsfield Court where Alymer was living at the time.
He said €8,300 in €50 notes was found in a white envelope under the defendant’s mattress and that a further €20,000 in €50 notes and €100 notes was found hidden in the mantelpiece around the fireplace.
During a follow up search of Aylmer’s family home at Hyde Road items associated with drug dealing were found including a digital weighing scales and self-sealing plastic bags.
However, Det Garda Crowley agreed with John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, who said no forensic evidence of “illicit drugs” was found at either house.
Judge Carroll Moran was told Alylmer gave conflicting accounts about the ownership of the monies and claimed the €20,000 did not belong to him.
The court was told that a number of text messages found on his phone contained terminology which is “synonymous with the drugs trade”.
Brian McInerney BL, said his client - a father of two - has a history of working and that he was employed in the construction industry “during the boom”.
He said possession of a large amount of cash is not a crime and that the prosecution case would have been “precarious” had the case gone to trial.
Mr McInerney said his client’s involvement in the offence was “at a low end” and that there were a number of other people involved.
John O’Sullivan agreed that Aylmer’s guilty plea was “very welcome” as it was the first time such as case had come before the courts in Limerick.
Judge Moran agreed that a premium had to be placed on the defendant’s guilty plea given the complexities of the case.
He imposed a two year prison sentence, which he suspended for two years.
The judge ordered the forfeiture of the cash noting that any third party is entitled to make a Police Property application within six months.