A MAN who was caught with more than €1 million worth of cannabis resin in Cork was given an eight-year jail sentence with the second half of that suspended yesterday.
Neil Guilfoyle, aged 29, told detectives he was trying to raise €3,000 towards a mortgage, but later claimed he was under threat to repay a drugs debt.
Guilfoyle of 6 Tullyglass Crescent, Shannon, Co Clare, initially told Detective Sergeant Lar O’Brien that he was to be paid €3,000 and that he planned to use this money to get a mortgage.
The detective said yesterday that this was in conflict with what Guilfoyle told his probation officer, namely that he had been in fear of individuals and under threat to repay a debt.
Judge Patrick J Moran noted that the drugs were intended for the Cork and Limerick markets.
“The effect of such drugs on the young people of Cork and Limerick would have been horrific. You were a vital link in getting the drugs from Dublin to Cork,” Judge Moran said.
Det Sgt O’Brien said drugs squad gardaí stopped and arrested Guilfoyle at 5pm on March 22, 2006 at the Glanmire by-pass.
He was driving a car which he had picked up in Limerick and driven to Dublin to collect drugs. His intention was to bring most of the drugs to Cork and the rest to Limerick.
Guilfoyle was a few kilometres outside Cork City when he was stopped.
The gardaí saw two large boxes in the back seat, one on the front passenger seat and three further boxes in the boot. Between them they contained over 140kg of cannabis resin.
Blaise O’Carroll said the defendant undertook intensive drug treatment at the Coolmine centre in Dublin and was looking forward to fulfilling his dream of pursuing a third-level education.
By Liam Heylin