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Thursday 19 September 2019

New Ross man acted as drugs courier to pay for Christmas presents

New Ross man escapes jail sentence.
New Ross man escapes jail sentence.

A NEW ROSS man who acted as a drugs courier to raise money for Christmas presents for his family was given a three year suspended prison sentence when he appeared before Judge Alice Doyle at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

31-year-old Jason Lawlor, of 19 Longmeadows, New Ross, Co. Wexford, and also of 19 Cluain Fada, New Ross, pleaded guilty to having the controlled drug cannabis herb in his possession at Bricketstown, Taghmon, on December 2, 2013.

Garda Stephen Burke said that in all there was 630 grams of cannabis herb with a street value of €12,000 found in Lawlor's car.

Defence Counsel, Donal Collins, B.L., told the court that Lawlor co-operated fully with the gardai and posed no difficulty during the vehicle search. Mr. Collins said Lawlor was acting as a courier on the occasion and was to receive €750 which was to buy Christmas presents for his children.

Judge Doyle said Lawlor is a young man who is looking after four children and his partner. He was offered €750 to act as courier for the drugs at a time when he was out of work. He also had a problem with drugs addiction himself, but is now clear and is remorseful.

The amount involved, €12,600, just left him under the amount of €13,000 which would have brought a mandatory sentence. She imposed a three year prison sentence, suspended for four years, subject to certain conditions.

For full details check out next Tuesday's Wexford People.

Wexford People