Inmate tried to smuggle drugs into Limerick Prison

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

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AN inmate has admitted trying to smuggle quantities of cannabis and heroin into Limerick Prison,

AN inmate has admitted trying to smuggle quantities of cannabis and heroin into Limerick Prison,

Patrick Hartigan, aged 21, formerly of John Carew Park pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply on April 4, 2012.

Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick Court the drugs, which were worth €2,080, were recovered by prison officers the day after the defendant was remanded in custody by the court in relation to other matters.

The drugs were found after they were passed by Hartigan who was being detained in an isolation cell at the prison.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client, who is the father of young child, had made admissions to gardai in relation to the drugs.

“He would be at the very lowest rung of the ladder in the drugs chain,” he said adding that such individuals were often used by sinister individuals as a conduit to smuggle drugs into the prison.

Imposing sentence, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was concerned at the facts of the case. “This isn’t simply a case of bringing in a couple of tablets. The quantity (of drugs) was quite considerable,” he said.

The judge noted that Hartigan had not made any efforts to disclose the drugs to the authorities when he was searched on his initial arrival at the prison.

Judge O’Kelly added that prison sentences are a form of punishment and rehabilitation and “should not be seen as an opportunity” by criminals to expand into other areas of crime.

He imposed a nine month prison sentence, which he backdated to June 4 last.

A number of unrelated road traffic matters were taken into consideration by the court.