Limerick truck driver who planned to bulk up drugs avoids prison sentence

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Pat Whyms BL told the court that Russell has stayed out of trouble

Pat Whyms BL told the court that Russell has stayed out of trouble

A LIMERICK truck driver who had quantities of cocaine, cannabis and various mixing agents at this home has avoided a prison sentence.

In of the first cases of its kind in Limerick, John Russell, aged 43, of Ballyclough Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston admitted possession of articles with the intention of using them “in connection with drugs offences”.

Cocaine with a street value of €5,703 was seized along with a small quantity of cannabis and other drugs paraphernalia including a tick list and freezer bags when the defendants home was searched on July 18, 2016.

A number of different ‘powder substances’ were also found at the house. These were later  identified as Lignocane, Benzocane and Creatine.

While none are controlled substances, they were to be used as mixing agents to “bulk up” the cocaine ahead of it being distributed.

Pat Whyms BL said his client, who works as a truck driver, has no previous convictions and that he has not come to the attention of gardai since.

His said Russell has had difficulties with drugs in the past and that he went into a “downward spiral of self indulgence and self-pity” after he was made redundant a number of years ago.

Judge Tom O’Donnell noted the defendant’s previous work history and the positive contents of a probation report.

He said there was an element of pre-meditation to the offences and that those who get involved with illicit drugs must be willing to accept the consequences.

He imposed a three year prison sentence, suspending it for three years.