Heroin and cocaine were 'handed over' in Limerick car park

Gerard Ryan has pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply

Gerard Ryan has pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply

DRUGS worth more than €240,000 were ‘handed over’ in the car park of a busy shop on the outskirts of Limerick city, a court has heard.

Gerard Ryan, aged 28, who has an address at Galtee Close, Caherdavin has admitted having significant quantities of heroin and cocaine almost four years ago.

Limerick Circuit Court was told the drugs were located near railway tracks at Meelick on August 26, 2014 after they were thrown from a high-powered car which was being driven by the defendant.

Detective Garda Pat Crowley of the divisional drugs unit said the Audi A6 was being pursued by gardai at the time having been observed during a surveillance operation a short time earlier.

He said a number of cars were observed entering the car park of Spar, Old Cratloe Road and that gardai identified several people who were “keeping sketch”.

Ryan, he said, was observed sitting into Volkswagen Polo and retrieving a package before returning to the Audi he had arrived in.

While the Audi was not stopped on the night, Detective Garda Crowley told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, he saw a package being thrown out the window as the car passed over the railway bridge.

Ryan, the court heard, subsequently fled to the UK and was extradited in September 2016.

Brian McCartney QC said his client had put his hands up and he noted that nobody else had been prosecuted in relation to the seizure.

He said the father-of-two was in possession of the drugs for less than five minutes and that he is now drug free and doing well in prison.

Judge Tom O’Donnell will impose sentence at the end of March.

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