Martin Geasley, aged 31, from Radharc Na Coille, Rathcoole, Mallow, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of having the weapon at Barnagore, Ovens, Co Cork, on July 3, 2008, in circumstances such as to give rise to the belief that it was for an illegal purpose.
Detective Inspector John Quilter said the finding of the gun in the Cork area was a significant and worrying development as the Glock was the type of gun closely associated with gangland feuding.
The detective inspector, who is about to take up the position of superintendent in Bantry next week, said the type of gun was used in the furtherance of organised crime.
Imposing the seven-year sentence on Geasley, Judge Patrick J Moran said: “Superintendent Quilter has reminded me of what I read every day in the newspapers, the horrific killings and horrific murders in our society in what is called gang warfare.”
Detective Gardaí Padraig Harrington and John Ryan stopped the 2008-registered Volkswagen van for a search because they recognised it as Geasley’s and they knew he had a conviction for dealing drugs.
Geasley was driving and a 15-year-old, who was previously jailed for 18 months for his part in possessing the gun, was in the front passenger seat. Geasley initially told gardaí at the scene that it was nothing to do with the young fella and later repeated the same line on the way to the Garda station.
However, he later changed his position, claiming he had said this while under the influence of cocaine and that the 15-year-old was the one who had the gun in the first place.