Limerick drug pusher dubbed ‘Deals on Wheel’ gets six-year jail term

A LIMERICK drug pusher dubbed “Deals on Wheels” — because he cycled around on a mountain bike delivering, cocaine and cannabis — was yesterday jailed for six years at Limerick Circuit Court.

Noel Purcell, 36, with an address at 56 Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty, pleaded guilty to having cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin with a street value of €54,600 for sale or supply.

He also admitted having unlawful possession of an Austrian made Glock 9mm semi-automatic hand gun, a US made .357 Ruger Magnum revolver, a Knall pistol, which could only fire blanks, 65 bullets and 14 shotgun cartridges.

The six-year sentence was imposed for the drugs offences.

He was given two five-year sentences for having the guns, a three-year term for the blanks gun, and five years for having the ammunition. All sentences are to run concurrently.

Det Garda David Baynham told the court that after his arrest Purcell told gardaí he was known as ‘Deals on Wheels’ as he cycled around on a mountain bike when selling drugs.

Det Garda Baynham said gardaí searched Purcell’s house on July 11 last.

Various items used in preparing drugs for sale were discovered, including weighing scales, a teaspoon with traces of cocaine, small plastic bags and a cannabis grinder.

In a follow-up search of the adjoining terrace house at 57 Shanabooly Road, cocaine was found in a partially sealed lagging pipe. A small safe was also found and this contained the Glock, the Magnum and ammunition.

The court was told that the neighbour residing at 57 Shanabooly Road was a completely innocent party and Purcell hid the drugs and guns inside the low boundary fence.

The court heard that Purcell was in debt because of his own cannabis use and distributed the drugs to pay off this debt.

He also was put under pressure to mind the guns to pay off debts.

Judge Carroll Moran said Purcell was at most acting as a quarter master and had no trappings of wealth.

Purcell’s admissions in relation to the finds at No 57 were of great value to the prosecution, he said, as without them there would have been no convictions in relation to these items.

Judge Moran said an aggravating factor was the combination of drugs and guns in the case.

The sentences were backdated to last July as Purcell had been in custody since then.

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