27 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A Rockcorry truck driver has been jailed for five years for importing €600,000 worth of cannabis into the State.
David Mathews (27) was observed by gardai driving his truck off the ferry at Dublin Port and transporting the drugs to his Monaghan home where two men met him and took the cannabis to Northern Ireland.
They were stopped after they crossed the border by the PSNI and each was later jailed for six years
Mathews, of Drumgola, Rockcorry pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the importation of 49 kilogrammes of cannabis worth €608,400 at Dublin Port on 7th November 2009.
Judge Martin Nolan noted that Mathews was in financial trouble at the time and had agreed to import the drugs to make some “easy money”.
Detective Garda Kieran O’Reilly told prosecuting counsel, Mr Garret Baker BL, that a surveillance operation saw Mathews arrive on a Stena Line Ferry from Europe and drive straight to his home.
Shortly afterwards two men arrived in separate cars and were seen loading boxes from the truck into one of their vehicles. They then drove across the border in convoy where they were arrested by police.
Mathews was arrested at his home and gardai found Stg£28,360 and €4,000 in a cash box. Most of this was later forfeited to the State.
He admitted transporting the drugs and said he agreed to the job to pay off his Credit Union loans of €15,000. He said he knew it was illegal but didn’t know what type of drugs he was importing.
Defence counsel Remy Farrell SC said his client owned a small haulage firm at the time and was now driving trucks for other people. Mr Farrell said this conviction would make it impossible for Mathews to continue work as an international truck driver.

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