Father of three caught with close to a million euro worth of drugs

Father of three caught with close to a million euro worth of drugs

A father of three caught with drugs worth over €800,000 has been jailed for three and a half years.

Michael Kehoe (48), of Huntstown Avenue, Hartstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Garter Lane, Saggart and at his home on October 21, 2015. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Karen O'Connor accepted that he had no ownership of the drugs but had a role in storing and delivering some of them.

She noted he was an otherwise law-abiding, hard-working man who had suffered difficulties causing him to became vulnerable and easy prey. She said testimonials referred to him as a man of "great integrity" and that he had expressed remorse.

She accepted that he was under a "drug debt" and thought this would clear it. Judge O'Connor imposed a five-year sentence but suspended the final 18 months.

The court heard that Kehoe had been the driver of a van which was pulled over by gardaI who had spotted it acting suspiciously. He told gardaI he had been in the area fitting kitchens but co-operated with a search of the van which uncovered the cannabis herb.

He told gardaI that more drugs could be found in a garden shed at the rear of his home.

The total amount of drugs found between the van and shed was €811,800. The court heard he was co-operative with gardai and made admissions.

Fiona Ferguson