DETECTIVES from the divisional drugs squad “tripped upon” a drug dealer, who had cannabis worth more than €12,000 on his kitchen table, a court has heard.
Lucas Seferyn, aged 29, who has an address at Hartstonge Gate, Limerick pleaded guilty to possession of more than a kilogramme of cannabis on February 23, 2012.
During a sentencing hearing, Judge Carroll Moran was told the activites of the Polish national were only detected after he walked into a flat near the city centre which was being searched for drugs at the time.
“He was someboy we tripped upon,” said Detective Garda David McGrath who told Limerick Circuit Court Mr Seferyn was arrested during a search of a flat at Gerard Street.
“A man called to the door during the search. He didn’t live there,” he said adding that Mr Seferyn admitted he was delivering two parcels of drugs to the occupant of the flat.
During a subsequent search of the defendant’s home, a large amount of cannabis was found on the kitchen table along with small amounts of cocaine and amphetamines.
Det Garda McGrath said three mobile phones and more than €1,000 in cash was also recovered in the house along with other paraphernalia associated with drug dealing.
Mark Nicholas BL, said his client had made admissions following his arrest and he said Mr Seferyn, who is a “very heavy cannabis smoker” did not own the drugs which were seized at his home.
“He was working at the behest of a wholesaler, he was a delivery man to other small drug dealers,” he said.
Det Garda McGrath accepted that Mr Seferyn did not realise the value of the drugs seized and that he is unlikely to come to garda attention again.
Judge Carroll Moran commented that a large quantity of drugs had been seized but he said a custodial sentence was not warranted given the defendant’s admissions and his previous good record.
He imposed a three year prison sentence which he suspended for three years.
The judge ordered the forfeiture of the cash seized and the destruction of the drugs.