Court hears of Dundalk Garda surveillance operation in drugs haul

Over €29.000 worth of cannabis resin was recovered by Gardai in County Meath

Over €29.000 worth of cannabis resin was recovered by Gardai in County Meath

Dundalk gardai were involved in a surveillance operation which led to the recovery of over €29,000 worth of cannabis resin in County Meath, Trim Circuit Court heard last week.

The details were revealed at the sentencing hearing of a 30-year-old woman who told gardai she was to be paid €800 to deliver the drugs.

Jean Nevin - with an address at Loughrea, County Galway, but formerly of Grange Crescent, Mullingar, was given a four year sentence with the last two years suspended on her entering a bond to be of good behavior after her release.

The 30-year-old admitted having cannabis resin for sale or supply at Normanstown, Carlanstown, Co. Meath on the 30th of June last year, where the drug had a market value of €13,000 or more.

The court heard Dundalk gardai acting on confidential information had placed a vehicle under surveillance outside an apartment complex and followed it via Ardee before they stopped the defendant at Normanstown.

They searched the car and found 4.8 kilos of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of almost €29,300.

The court was told last Friday that the accused had accepted responsibility for the drugs and told gardai she was to be paid €800 to bring them from “somewhere south of Newry, to an unidentified location.”

During cross examination by the Defence, Garda Sean O’Callaghan agreed that gardai accepted there was “genuine fear” on the defendant’s part in relation to supplying any further information.

The Defence barrister said his client had begun drinking at 15 and her addiction to alcohol had led to financial difficulties which saw her losing her rented flat and having her car repossessed.

The court was told the accused was introduced to an individual who offered her the opportunity to make quick and easy money, to receivethe drugs and and deliver them onwards.

A former employer also told the court Jean Nevin had been an “exemplary” worker and described her as having “a nice, sweet character”.

Judge Michael O’Shea said he accepted the accused was a minor player but he said she played an important link in the supply of drugs and the warning signs should have gone up, in relation to the amount of money she’d been offered.