COCAINE worth more than €3,000 was found hidden in a Lucozade bottle and an electrical junction box when gardai searched a derelict shed at farmlands on the outskirts of the city.
Details of the seizure emerged during the case of a truck driver who has admitted selling cocaine to a “small circle of customers” in order to reduce a drug debt he owed.
Marc O’Gorman, aged 36, who has an address at Carraig Midhe, Corbally, pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply at Roo East, Ardnacrusha on May 16, 2013.
The drugs seized had a street value of around €3,100.
During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda David Baynham of the divisional drugs unit said while on routine patrol shortly after midnight, he and a colleague observed the defendant getting out a car near a derelict shed.
He said he observed Mr O’Gorman attempting to throw away a bag of cocaine and that when he approached him he admitted there were more drugs being stored inside the shed.
Det Garda Baynham said nine bags of cocaine were found in a plastic Lucozade bottle which was concealed in the roof and that a lump of the drug was found hidden in a junction box in another part of the shed.
Limerick Circuit Court was told Mr O’Gorman, who was a heavy cocaine user at the time, told gardai he was “up to my head in debt” and that he was selling the drugs to repay a debt.
The detective agreed with Pat Barriscale BL, defending, that each time the defendant bought an ounce of cocaine from his suppliers, €200 was taken off the debt.
Mr Barriscale Mr O’Gorman was selling to a small number of “repeat customers” and that he was not someone who was selling on the street.
“He now realises he was wrong, he has learned a very valuable lesson,” he said adding that his client is currently working as a truck driver, mainly in the UK.
Judge Tom O’Donnell said the case had “all the attributes of somebody’s life spiralling out of control” and he indicated he requires further information before imposing sentence.
He adjourned the case to February 12, next to facilitate the preparation of a Probation Report.