Limerick man admitted storing significant quantities of heroin and cocaine

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man admitted storing significant quantities of heroin, cocaine and Alprazolam at his home, Limerick Circuit Court heard

The man admitted storing significant quantities of heroin, cocaine and Alprazolam at his home, Limerick Circuit Court heard

A 41-year-old described in court as a dedicated family man, who admitted storing significant quantities of heroin, cocaine and Alprazolam at his home has avoided a prison sentence.

Timothy Casey, of Bay 4, Clonlong halting site, O’Malley Park, pleaded guilty in May to three charges relating to a seizure on February 14, 2017.

Detective Garda Damien Kennedy of the divisional drugs unit told Limerick Circuit Court that heroin with a street value of around €1,800; cocaine worth €456 and 440 Alprazolam (Xanax) tablets worth €880 were recovered during a garda operation.

The cocaine was divided into 26 deals while the Alprazolam tablets were in blister packs. Other items including self-sealing bags and a weighing scales were also recovered during the search.

All of the contraband, he said, was found concealed in a boxing bag which was located in a shed near the mobile home where Casey lives with his wife and children.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant made admissions at the scene telling gardai, during interview, that another unnamed man had called to his home a number of days earlier and asked him to store the drugs.

“He admitted physically handling them and placing them in the boxing bag,” said Kenny Kerins BL who added that his client had agreed to store the drugs without thinking of the consequences.

He said while Casey has four previous convictions, he asked the court to note that none are for drugs offences.

Judge O’Donnell was told the defendant is heavily involved in the local community and a substantial number of testimonials were submitted to the court.

Judge O’Donnell commented the testimonials were “very impressive” and he noted Casey gives an “enormous amount of time and effort” to a local boxing club and school.

The judge noted the defendant has fully cooperated with gardai and that the quantity of drugs seized was “small in the general scheme of things”.

He said his previous good record and his ongoing contribution to his local community were mitigating factors he had to consider.

He imposed an 18 month prison sentence, which he suspended in its entirety.