Man escapes jail as ‘Purple Haze’ €13k drugs stash seized

A house called Purple Haze was the location for a drugs seizure in Cork and yesterday the man responsible for the €13,000 stash got a suspended jail term.
Man escapes jail as ‘Purple Haze’ €13k drugs stash seized

Garda Rory O’Connell arrested 32-year-old Polish national, Kacper Wnek and charged him with having the cannabis for sale or supply at his home at Purple Haze, Lehenaghmore, on the outskirts of Cork City, on Thursday October 1.

Purple Haze is the name of a particular type of cannabis named after a song from the 1960s by Jimi Hendrix.

Judge Gerard O’Brien imposed a four-and-a-half year sentence on Wnek at Cork Circuit Criminal Court but suspended the sentence in its entirety.

The judge said drugs were a scourge of society and caused problems at every level.

However, in respect of Wnek he said there was no organised scheme or business for the sale or supply of the drug and that it was quite casual.

The judge also noted that the accused was in gainful employment.

Detective Garda O’Connell said the accused was co-operative with the garda investigation and had been involved only on a small scale despite the relatively high value of drugs found.

Defence barrister Dermot Sheehan said the accused was addicted to cannabis at the time and was buying the drugs in bulk to use over a long period of time.

He had no convictions of any kind.

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