Man caught unloading cannabis from van while under surveillance by Cork Gardaí

GARDAÍ operating concealed surveillance in Castlemartyr observed a man unloading packages of cannabis from the engine area of a van — and they later seized €48,800 worth of the drug in his bedroom and a shoebox stuffed with over €30,000 in cash.

Detective Garda Tony Holmes said that the home of the accused man, 34-year-old Thomas Kelly of Elm Grove, Gortanoir, Castlemartyr, Co Cork, was under surveillance at the time by gardaí.

He has now been sentenced to three years in jail for this, and a consecutive one year for another crime, leaving him commencing a total sentence of four years.

He was seen coming out from his home when a white Volkswagen van pulled up. He unloaded packages of cannabis and brought them into the house.

Gardaí with a search warrant then went into the house where they seized the packages of cannabis in the defendant’s bedroom. The drugs had a street value of €48,800.

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