Limerick man caught with drugs at home is jailed

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Court
A MOYROSS man who admitted having almost €1,500 worth of illegal drugs at his home was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

A MOYROSS man who admitted having almost €1,500 worth of illegal drugs at his home was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

Thomas Lonergan, aged 31, of Castle Park, Moyross pleaded guilty to possession of quantities of Cannabis Herb and prescription tablets for the purpose of sale or supply on November 23, 2011.

Insp Seamus Ruane told Limerick Court the defendant’s home was searched under warrant and that during the search Cannabis Herb worth €726 was seized along with Diazapam (commonly known as Xanex), worth €760.

Insp Ruane said the defendant immediately admitted selling the drugs and he told the court he made further admissions under caution during his detention at Henry Street garda station.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client is a recovering heroin addict who is attending Slainte and is currently on a Methadone programme.

He said the father-of-one was no not making a profit from “moving on” the drugs, which he said were “small amounts in the grand scheme of things”.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy was told the defendant had been put under pressure by others to sell the drugs and that he has since moved away from Limerick and is currently living in a “neighbouring county”.

Mr Herbert said Lonergan has not been in trouble since the incident and he told the court he has “taken matters in hand” since.

After being informed that the defendant has a total of 27 previous convictions - including four for drugs offences - Judge McCarthy said he could not ignore his previous record.

He sentenced Lonergan to eight months imprisonment in relation to the Cannabis Herb and he imposed a concurrent six month prison sentence in relation to the Diazapam.