SOUTH MONAGHAN MAN JAILED OVER €2m DRUGS HAUL

1 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A 48-years-old South Monaghan man, who lived for periods near Carrickmacross and also at Castleblayney, was sentenced to six-and-a- half years’ imprisonment at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin last Friday, for having possession of more that €2 million worth of cannabis resin, for sale or supply, at Swords Road, Santry, Dublin, on July 11th 2003.
The court heard that Paul Byrne, with an address at Castleblayney, fled the country six years ago after he received a death threat when caught transporting the drugs. It was claimed that Byrne received a Mass Card in his name through the post after custom officers uncovered the drugs stashed in boxes of tiles which he was carrying in his truck. The father of six left the country and remained abroad until he surrendered himself to gardai earlier this year. He later admitted himself to custody when it was discovered that the warrant initially issued for his arrest in 2005 had never been generated.
Byrne pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of the drugs for sale or supply .He told gardai he was to get €1,600 to transport the haul, worth an estimated €2,025,000.
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