Six years for cannabis worth €36k

A young Dublin man has been sentenced to six years with three suspended for possessing €36,000 of cannabis resin stored in the passenger foot well of a taxi.

William Murphy (aged 20) admitted to gardaí at the scene that he had picked up the cache at a nearby estate and was to hold it for a friend until he got a phone call later that evening.

Murphy, of Lower Sherard St, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing nearly 5kg of the drug at Windmill Road, Crumlin on February 24, 2009. He has 18 previous minor convictions.

Garda Ruairi Maher told Mr Colm O Briain BL, prosecuting, that he and colleagues had stopped the black Toyota Avensis taxi to conduct a drugs search on foot of confidential information.

The garda agreed with Mr Sean Gillane SC, defending, that Murphy admitted he was transporting the cannabis resin for a fee to offset a drug debt accumulated from the previous year.

Gda Maher further agreed that Murphy began abusing cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol in 2008 after being laid off from work and remains a chronic alcoholic.

Judge Katherine Delahunt acknowledged that Murphy was a man “who clearly had a problem” at the time of the offence.

She suspended the final three years of his sentence to “give him light at the end of the tunnel.”

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