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Up in smoke Ex-airport fireman previously jailed for drug dealing is caught with cannabis worth over €2K

The defendant, of Drynam Court in Kinsealy, Co Dublin has one previous conviction for being in unlawful possession of €124k worth of drugs

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Brendan O’Herlihy

Brendan O’Herlihy

Brendan O’Herlihy

An ex-airport fireman - who was previously jailed for drug dealing - has been given the opportunity to engage with the Probation Services after he was caught with another haul of drugs.

Brendan O’Herlihy (49) - who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 for being in possession of €124k worth of various drugs for sale or supply in his home - admitted having €2,590 worth of cannabis at his home on May 5, 2020.

The defendant, of Drynam Court in Kinsealy, Co Dublin has one previous conviction for being in unlawful possession of €124k worth of drugs.

Swords District Court heard the ex-airport fireman had the cannabis in his bedside locker and claimed it was for his own use.

Gardai were called to his home in relation to another incident and O’Herlihy allowed gardai to come into his home and the drugs were located.

Earlier this year, he met gardai by appointment and was arrested and charged with being in possession of the cannabis for sale or supply.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant, who is separated and has three children, previously worked as a fire officer with the Dublin Airport Police for 14 years.

“In 2007 he damaged his back,” said Ms Kealy, adding the defendant had stopped taking cannabis seven weeks ago.

Ms Kealy asked Judge Dermot Dempsey if the court would give the defendant time to get urine analysis to prove he is not taking drugs.

Judge Dempsey agreed to adjourn the case until July for finalisation and ordered a Probation Report.

When he was jailed in 2011, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he went into drug dealing to pay off his business debts. He had taken out a subprime second mortgage on his home to pay off business loans but was forced to deal drugs when he couldn’t work because of injury.

The bulk of that haul was made up of a kilogram of cocaine worth €70,000, the circuit court heard.

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