Went on the run after threats over drug dealing

Dundalk Circuit Court has heard how a local man who accepted a delivery of 76 thousand euro worth of cannabis resin from Spain, went on the run after a dissident group threatened to kill him over his drug dealing.

Gerard O’Connor (33) originally with an address at Bellewsbridge Road, Dundalk pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply on the first of December 2003.

The court was told a package from Alicante was intercepted in the post by customs and was delivered to an address at Bellewsbridge Road. Gerard O’Connor answered the door and signed for it and brought it to another house nearby.

Gardai who executed a search warrant there found the defendant sitting on a sofa in the kitchen with the package on a counter wrapped in cellophane.

Twenty four slabs of the drug were found inside, with an estimated street value of €76,000.

The court heard the accused exercised his right to silence when interviewed

Garda Insp. Brian Mohan said Gerard O’Connor had no previous convictions at the time and had very quickly got sucked into the drug scene and went on the run after receiving threats from dissident groups over his drug dealing.

Insp. Mohan added that people the accused was involved with in the Dublin drugs trade had subsequently been killed.

The court was told the father of five, had been unable to attend the funerals of his brother and grandparents, who died while he was living abroad and he is currently serving a five year sentence imposed in Sligo Circuit Court last year for the sale or supply of drugs.

It also heard that Gerard O’Connor is drug-free for nine months and studying for his Leaving Cert.

Judge Michael O’Shea in imposing a three and a half year sentence said the accused had been an important link or conduit in the drug supply chain


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