Smuggler gets four years in jail
A POLISH MAN who tried to smuggle €120,000 of drugs through Rosslare Europort has been sentenced to four years in jail and ordered to return to Poland when he is released.
Artus Sawko (35), with an address in the Polish city of Bialystok, was before Wexford Circuit Court last week after being caught with the drugs at Rosslare on May 13 last year.
Garda Mark Whitty told the court that the defendant had travelled with a white van on the ferry across from Fishguard. The van searched as he tried to leave the port, and €120,000 of herbal cannabis was found hidden in its floor. He was arrested and brought to Wexford Garda Station, where he admitted having the drugs for sale or supply to others. He also admitted to personally using 'quite an amount of cannabis'.
Defence counsel, Mr Aidan Doyle, told the court there had been ' a movitation' for the defendant to try feed his own drugs habit. He added that the man had no previous convictions.
Judge Alice Doyle said drugs are the scourge of society, and handed down a four-year prison term. However, the final two years of that term are to be suspended on condition that Sawko go back to Poland following release. The sentence was backdated to May 13 of last year, when he was first taken into custody.