Suspended sentence for Dublin man spotted with over €100k of ketamine
A young Dublin man who was seen handing €103,000 of ketamine to another man during a surveillance operation has been given a four year suspended sentence.
Jordan Maher (19) had been granted bail earlier this year to prove he could turn his life around.
Today Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard there was a positive probation report, that Maher was in employment and had addressed the issues which lead to his involvement in the offence.
Maher of Arthur Griffith Park, Lucan, Dublin pleaded guilty to possessing 1.718kg of ketamine worth €103,132 at Maidens Row, Chapelizod, Dublin on June 4, 2015. He has no previous convictions.
Detective Garda Daragh O'Toole told John Quirke BL, prosecuting, that he and colleagues had received confidential information about a co-accused. They followed this man's van to Arthur Griffith Park, where he picked up Maher.
The surveillance team followed the van to various locations, including a self storage unit in Kildare, before Maher was seen handing a brown paper bag to another man at Maiden's Row.
Det Gda O'Toole said Maher provided no material assistance in interview. He agreed with Michael Bowman SC, defending, that the intelligence operation had not been targeting his client.
He accepted the transaction would have gone ahead with or without the presence of Maher. The detective further accepted that Maher was a “young, impressionable man” who had been smoking cannabis at the time.
At the original sentence hearing in March Mr Bowman handed in a number of testimonials to the court and submitted his client was unlikely to have further dealings with the co-accused.
Judge Sarah Berkeley released Maher on bail on that occasion on condition he remained drug free, took up full time work and contacted the probation services.
She told him he had to “prove himself” and his maturity level.
Today Judge Berkeley noted Maher had turned his life around and that the probation report outlined his remorse and deemed him to be at the lowest possible risk of re-offending.
She imposed a four year sentence which she suspended in full and ordered 18 months probation supervision.
By Fiona Ferguson