Gardai found Dublin man's Volkswagen Polo packed with €80k worth of drugs
A Dublin man who went to a garda station to admit he owned a car that was packed with almost €80,000 of drugs has been jailed for three and a half years.
Graham Rosarius (36) presented himself to gardaí a few days after they had seized his Volkswagen Polo, which contained cocaine, heroin and bagging equipment.
Sergeant Peter Hayde said he had noticed the parked car because it had a smashed rear side window and decided to search it after doing a registration check.
Rosarius, of Glenhill Avenue, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing cocaine and heroin worth a total €79,930 at Glenhill Avenue on December 9, 2014.
He has six previous convictions for minor offences.
Sgt Hayde told Una Tighe BL, prosecuting, that out of fear of the drug's owners, Rosarius went to Finglas Garda Station on December 12, to say he owned the car and was holding the drugs to offset a drug debt.
Rosarius said he owed up to €7,000 for drugs and had been in and out of rehabilitation clinics all his life.
Sgt Hayde agreed with Dominic McGinn SC, defending, that Rosarius was under threat to hold the drugs. He further agreed Rosarius had two children of his own and cared for six more with his partner.
Mr McGinn asked Judge Martin Nolan to recognise his client's desperation when he presented himself to gardaí.
Judge Nolan noted that the criminal damage to the vehicle brought it to the attention of gardaí, who then found the drugs. He took into consideration Rosarius's co-operation, guilty plea and his reasons for holding the drugs.