Man pleads guilty to having €240k worth of cannabis

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A 37-year-old man from Northern Ireland will be sentenced later this month after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to a significant drugs seizure on the outskirts of the city last year.

A 37-year-old man from Northern Ireland will be sentenced later this month after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to a significant drugs seizure on the outskirts of the city last year.

At Limerick Circuit Court, Trevor Cobbett of Sandymount Close, Lisburn, County Antrim pleaded guilty to possession of 20 kilogramms of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply at Gooig, Castleconnell on May 8, 2010

The drugs, which had a street value of around €240,000, were seized when the vehicle Mr Cobbett was travelling in was stopped and searched by gardai on what was then main Limerick to Dublin road.

The defendant, who works as a transport manager, was driving in the direction of Limerick city when the vehicle was stopped.

The operation was led by members of the divisional drugs unit who were supported by local gardai.

Mr Cobbett was arrested at the scene and he first appeared in court a number of days later.

When the defendant was formally arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to the charge, which carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of ten years.

After Mr Cobbett entered his guilty plea, Andrew Sexton SC, said his client is married with a number of children.

He asked that he be given some time (to arrange his affairs) before he is sentenced.

Judge Carroll Moran granted the application and he remanded Mr Cobbett on continuing bail pending the sentencing hearing which will take place on October 27, next.