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Man Who Hid Cannabis At Thurles Railway Station Jailed.

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Mr Keith Lonergan, aged 46, who hailed originally from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and who more recently resided at St. Lawrence’s Park, Garryowen, Co. Limerick, has been jailed by Judge John Martin at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Martin sentenced Mr Lonergan to four years in jail, with the final 18 months suspended.
A provision laid down in the sentencing was that Mr Lonergan must enter a bond of €100 to keep the peace; must co-operate with the prison services while in jail; on his release, to attend any meeting organised by the prison services, and to provide urine samples whenever asked while in incarcerated and on his release.

Mr Lonergan had been observed by Gardaí attempting to hide a bag containing cannabis behind a bin at Thurles Railway Station in North Co. Tipperary on March 24th, 2021, while in the company of another man.

The other male ran, attempting to make his escaped along the railway tracks, while Mr Lonergan was detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act. We understand the drugs located had an estimated retail value of almost €10,000.

A follow up search of Mr Lonergan’s home in Limerick uncovered further drugs valued at almost €2,500. Mr Lonergan having being interviewed by Gardaí on four different occasions, admitted possession of the drugs, on the date in question, and was subsequently charged with possession of the drugs same intended for sale or supply.

Mr Lonergan claimed that he had gone to Thurles to collect, carry and hold the cannabis; the agreement being part of a deal to repay a drug debt and that the other male actually owned the drugs.

Judge Martin said that he did not accept that Mr Lonergan was a mere pawn, but was an essential cog in the wheel serving a business that was causing havoc within Irish society.

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