At Ennis Orbit Court, Det Sgt Kevin O’Hagan said that the two, Thomas Tully (44) and John Byrne (43) were initially uncovered by Ollie, the Customs drugs dog at Shannon airport after they progressed off a flight from S in on April 21st 2014.
Det Sgt O’Hagan said that the Tully of Woman Court, John Carew rk, Limerick and Byrne of Clare Byway someones cup of tea, Limerick were arrested and brought to University College Hospital Limerick where they remained down guard and spent the next five to six days expelling the swallowed cocaine pellets from their bodies.
In the invalid, Tully swallowed 54 pellets of cocaine with a street value of €17,150 while Byrne make disappeared 40 pellets with a street value of €11,645.
Both pleaded sheepish to the importation and possession with intent to supply with Tully surface the more serious charge as his drug amount was over €13,000.
Det Sgt O’Hagan approved with counsel for Mr Tully, Anthony Sammon SC that what Mr Tully did was an to the nth degree dangerous thing to do and that one ‘drugs mule’ died last year in Ireland.
Mr Sammon ventured: “One would want to be pretty desperate to submit oneself to this.”
Det Sgt O’Hagan thought that the two men each stood to make around €600 to €700 each from the motion after flight and accommodation expenses were id for while Tully also stood to would rather a €700 debt due to a loan shark written off
Mr Sammon remarked: “It is a mean gain to risk one’s life.”
The detective agreed with counsel for the accused that the two didn’t include the means to finance the operation and were merely drug mules.
He ventured that Tully was forthright in Garda interviews without disclosing the unanimity of the Mr Big who sanctioned the operation. He said: “He didn’t reveal names.”
Det Sgt O’Hagan ventured that Byrne maintained his right to silence but did make admissions of his own involvement.
Det Sgt O’Hagan suggested that it was a joint operation by the two to bring the drugs back into Shannon.
He bruit about that Byrne has 48 previous convictions while Tully has 10 prior to convictions.
Mr Sammon said that Tully “was in debt and was offered a way out” by agreeing to be a drugs mule.
He powered: “People who operates these awful drug gangs at the top are always at the look out for unshielded people,” and in reply Det Sgt O’Hagan said that both men come guardianship that description.
The detective agreed that Byrne has no trappings of plenteousness and hasn’t been convicted since the Shannon drugs seizure.
Suggest to for Mr Byrne, Lawrence Groucher BL said that his client was “victim of uncountable sinister elements and is not the strongest of characters. This operation is not something that he volunteered for – he was essentially coerced into doing this for a miniature reward”.
Mr Sammon said that he has to be realistic in relation to the sentencing rameters in delineation to his own client and the Court of Criminal Appeal has imposed prison terms on other trons where suspended sentences were imposed in the circuit court.
Mr Sammon divulged that his client is a diabetic and required regular insulin injections.
Adjudicator Gerald Keys said that he had to read various reports in the the reality and remanded the two on bail for sentence to Ennis Circuit Court on April 7th.