Limerick man transported €140k of cocaine on train

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A SIXTY year old Limerick father carried €140,000 worth of cocaine from Limerick to Dublin on the train, a court has heard.

A SIXTY year old Limerick father carried €140,000 worth of cocaine from Limerick to Dublin on the train, a court has heard.

Ronald Walsh of Hilltop, St Patricks Road pleaded guilty, at Dublin Circuit Court, to possession of €215,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis herb for sale or supply at Heuston Station, Dublin and St Patricks Road, Limerick on February 2, 2013.

During a sentencing hearing, the court heard Walsh was offered heroin in 1993 as a result of being in desperate pain. He described himself as a controlled and functioning heroin addict for five years but said the addiction eventually spiralled out of control.

This Wednesday, Judge Desmond Hogan said Walsh had been a good and decent man who had worked hard before the offence and he adjourned sentencing for a year to make sure he is able to stay off heroin.

Tom Neville BL, defending, said the father of three had returned from the UK in 1986 and bought a taxi plate to support his family. He said Walsh’s three children were raised well and are now grown up.

He said the heroin addiction effectively divided his life in two. Once his drug addiction took him over, Walsh disposed of any jewellery and insurance policies he had to pay for drugs, counsel said.

After his arrest last February Walsh went “cold turkey” and has not taken drugs since.

Garda John Dunning said that Walsh was at the bottom rung of the drug dealing ladder and was vulnerable at the time of the offence.

He said Walsh owed money to drug dealers after getting drugs “on tick” and was in genuine fear of these people.

After receiving confidential information, gardai waited for Walsh at Heuston station and found two kilos of cocaine on him when they arrested him.

A follow up search of his home in Limerick recovered one kilo of cocaine, €5,000 worth of cannabis herb and a weighing scales.

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