Suspended sentence for man who stored drugs due to ‘financial pressures’

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Judge O'Kelly warned people not to succumb to such pressures due to finances
A MAN who stored nearly €4,000 worth of cannabis ‘due to financial pressure’ has received a suspended sentence from Limerick District Court.

A MAN who stored nearly €4,000 worth of cannabis ‘due to financial pressure’ has received a suspended sentence from Limerick District Court.

Michael Flemming, 34, with an address at Greenpark House, South Circular Road, was charged by Garda Paul Crowley with possession of the drug for his own use and for sale or supply on August 4 of last year.

Gardai searched his home under a warrant as a result of information received, and found cannabis to the value of €3,862.

Flemming was not in the property at the time but later made admissions to gardai. His fingerprints were also found on the wrapping around the drugs.

Gardai accepted that the defendant was “prevailed upon to keep the drugs at his partment for a short time.”

He said he had the drugs - seven bags of cannabis just for a number of days - but has no previous drug related offences.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client showed his “naivety” regarding drugs when he thought the amount he stored was worth only around €2000.

A native of Antrim, Mr McCarthy said Flemming was a “soft target” who succumbed to the temptation of holding these drugs due to financial duress.

He had previously worked in the construction industry but is now unemployed due to a serious arm injury.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed a six-month sentence, to be suspended for 18 months on good behaviour, on his own bond of €1000.