Man stored cannabis worth €47k in bin bag

A young man who was determined to be a drug- dealer despite being offered help to turn his life around, was caught storing €47,000 worth of cannabis in a bin bag at the rear of his house.

Michael O’Donoghue of Waggot’s Lane, Cork, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. The judge refused to suspend it on the basis there was no point in putting O’Donoghue under probation service super-vision as he previously ignored their efforts to help.

Det Garda James O’Reilly said that on March 2, 2012, Sgt Gerry Jeremy Murphy obtained a warrant to search the home of O’Donoghue.

The accused was not present and gardaí found 4kgs of cannabis with a street value of €47,000 in the refuse bag at the rear of the house.

Det Garda O’Reilly said, “He admitted the drugs were his. He claimed he was storing them under pressure because of a drugs debt.”

O’Donoghue pleaded guilty to having more than €13,000 worth of drugs, a charge that carried a possible mandatory minimum of 10 years. The judge said his youth was a factor that enabled him to depart from imposing the maximum.

“He was previously helped by the probation service going back from 2008 to 2012. He was in a course in Dublin. They told him to stay away from Cork but what did he do, he went back, got involved in this. It was inevitable. He knew it was inevitable. He wants to be a drug dealer as far as I can see,” the judge said.

Defence barrister, Peter O’Flynn, said O’Donoghue had been the victim of a bad assault in the past, and ended up a drug addict.


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