Cannabis worth €60,000 was found concealed in spare tyre of van in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the matter for twelve months at Limerick Circuit Court

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the matter for twelve months at Limerick Circuit Court

A JUDGE has warned a man who was caught transporting almost €60,000 worth of cannabis in Limerick that he is keeping all of his options open.

Patrick Foley, aged 29, who has an address at Brookville Avenue, Tipperary Town, has pleaded guilty to possession of around 3kgs of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply at Ballysimon Road on January 6, 2016.

The drugs were recovered when a vehicle was stopped and searched around two miles outside the city.

Detective Garda Martin McCarthy told Limerick Circuit Court there was a “notable smell” emanating from the boot of the van which was travelling outbound when stopped. The cannabis was found concealed inside a spare tyre which had been slit.

While Foley was not the registered owner of the vehicle, he admitted travelling by bus to Limerick earlier in the day to collect the van knowing there were drugs hidden inside.

Tom McGowan BL said his client cooperated with gardai and made “full and frank admissions” following his arrest.

He said the father-of-two, who has no great wealth, had developed a severe drug addiction following the death of his father and that his life was spiraling out of control.

“Everything was going swimmingly well. It (his father’s death) had an absolutely catastrophic effect on him and he turned to drink and drugs,” he said.

He submitted Foley was a “pawn in this operation” and that he would have been under pressure to drive the van from others higher up the chain.

During a review of the case, Judge Tom O’Donnell noted Mr Foley has been doing very well since he completed a residential treatment programme last summer.

Noting the defendant’s difficult personal circumstances, he said he was willing to give him a chance by adjourning the matter for review in twelve months’ time.

“I’ll give credit where credit is due but I’m keeping all of my options open,” he said.