Limerick man was selling cocaine from mobile ice-cream van

David Hurley


David Hurley


Limerick man was selling cocaine from mobile ice-cream van

Paul Collopy will be sentenced in December

A LIMERICK man who was selling wholesale quantities of cocaine from a mobile ice-cream van will be sentenced in December.

Paul Collopy, aged 41, who has an address at Glenbrook, Bloodmill Road has admitted having a large quantity of cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply on November 25, 2014.

During a sentencing hearing, this Thursday, Detective Garda David McGrath of divisional drugs unit said drugs were found concealed in the defendant’s ice-cream van.

When gardai called to the defendant’s home shortly before 3pm, Collopy was in the process of removing a tub of cocaine from the engine block under the bonnet.

A further quantity of cocaine was found in a money bag which was located on a shelf in the main section of the van.

Detective Garda David McGrath, told Limerick Circuit Court the total value of the drugs seized was more than €6,000.

A number of ‘tick lists’ were also found in the van and the defendant, who has a number of convictions for drug-dealing, was observed dropping a weighing scales as gardai approached him.

The detective said Collopy was a “chronic cocaine and crack cocaine addict” and that he believes he is a “drugs wholesaler rather than a street dealer”.

The court heard Collopy, a father of three, was spending between €130 and €200 a day to feed his habit around the time of the offence.

Judge O’Donnell will impose sentence in December.