A POLISH man who admitted having more than 3,000 BZP tablets at his home in the city has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Lukasz Pryba, aged 26, of the Steeples, Newtown Mahon pleaded guilty to having the drugs for sale or supply on December 16, 2009.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of smaller quantities of quantities of cannabis and amphetamines on the same date.
Limerick Circuit Court heard the drugs were seized in the defendant’s bedroom when gardai conducted a search at his home at around 3.15pm.
257.9 gramms of cannabis was found in two plastic bags and 167.8 gramms of amphetamines were found in a chest of drawers.
A total of 3,677 BZP tablets were found in a wardrobe.
Det Garda Eileen Ryan of the drugs unit at Mayorstone Garda Station said the total value of the drugs seized at Pryba’s home was €23,998.
Det Garda Ryan said the BZP tablets, which were only declared illegal in March 2009 were widely available to buy during the “headshop phenomenon”.
The court heard the tablets seized included brand names such as Paddy’s Party Pills, Orange X-tra, Neuro Trance, Yellow Veggies, Hummer, Flying Angel, Speed Freak, Mind Candy and Disko Biskit.
Anthony Sammon SC said his client had accepted responsibility for the drugs even thought he was not present when gardai searched his home.
Det Garda Ryan agreed that another person who lived at the apartment was arrested following the seizure but that he was released when the defendant admitted responsibility for the drugs.
Mr Sammon said Pryba had bought the drugs for €2,000 and that he had intended selling them in a shop which he was planning to open with an Irish man in Ennis.
Mr Sammon said his client, who has lived in Ireland for several years, may have been “ignorant to changes in the law as he thought he could sell them (BZP) in a shop”.
In mitigation, he said his client had voluntarily presented himself to gardai and that he had made admissions following his arrest.
He added that the 26-year-old, who has married since the offence, has no previous convictions and has not come to the attention of gardai since the seizure
Judge Carroll Moran said the value of the drugs seized was an aggravating factor in the case.
He said in addition to the BZP, Pryba was also dealing in other long-established illegal drugs.
He said judges were expected to deal severely with cases involving the sale and supply of illegal drugs and that he had to impose a custodial sentence.
He imposed a two year prison sentence and he ordered the destruction of the drugs seized.
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