Daniel Aherne, 27, from Montpelier, O’Briensbridge, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to having cannabis worth e49,250 for sale or supply.
The court heard that Aherne ran a successful roofing and carpentry business employing six people.
Detective Sergeant Con McCarthy told Judge Carroll Moran gardaí stopped a VW transporter van on September 19, 2007, at the entrance to Raheen industrial estate. When stopped, Aherne held his head in his hands. On searching the van, gardaí found a carrier bag which contained five smaller bags with cannabis.
On searching an apartment used by Aherne, gardaí found plastic bags, scales and a tick list. There was also a white powder substance.
Aherne admitted he had agreed to pick up the drugs and make a delivery for another person for a payment of e300. Due to fear, he did not want to name the person. Det Sgt McCarthy accepted Aherne did not own the drugs or the items found in his apartment and was acting as a courier.
Imposing a four-year sentence, Judge Moran said Aherne’s actions had proved catastrophic for him and his business. The judge added: “A person would want to be living on Mars not to realise the courts deal seriously with drugs cases.”