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Man caught with €50,000 of cannabis gets suspended sentence

Man caught with €50,000 of cannabis gets suspended sentence

A young man who agreed to hold €50,000 cannabis to get money to help out his mother has received a fully suspended six year sentence.

Rildwan Olurunsogo (20) of Schoolhouse Lane, Santry, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of the cannabis for sale or supply on May 1, 2015. He had no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since.

“I was trying to help me Ma out. I have learnt my lesson now,” Olurunsogo told gardaí in interview.

Judge Sarah Berkeley adjourned the case last month at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, having heard evidence, and ordered a probation report. She revoked Olurunsogo's bail and remanded him in custody.

She accepted that Olurunsogo was at the lowest level risk of re-offending and was not part of the drug world or drug culture.

She said he had a promising future, had no drug habit or addiction and had been described as “kind, reliable and hardworking”.

She said there were special reasons in this case to impose a fully suspended sentence, noting that Olurunsogo's criminal conviction may pose difficulties for him in future.

She suspended the sentence for six years, ordered that he undergo 18 months probation services supervision and complete 240 hours of voluntary or sporting work, or community service.

Earlier, Garda James Carolan told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting that gardaí forced entry into the house after Olurunsogo's mother refused to let them in. They later discovered five bags of vacuum packed cannabis against a wall in the back garden.

Olurunsogo immediately took responsibility and later told gardaí in interview that he was getting about €750 for holding the drugs and delivering them on somewhere else.

Gda Carolan agreed with Conor Devally SC, defending that Olurunsogo came to Ireland from Nigeria in 2003 and was in college at the time of his arrest.

He accepted that he was “not the brightest person in the operation” and has stayed off the “garda radar” since.

Mr Devally said that his client was “certainly amateur” and didn't consider the risk he was taking in holding the drugs. He said he spent the money on his family.