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Convicted drug dealer sentenced to two years in prison for bringing a large quantity of cannabis into the country on a car ferry

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A convicted drug dealer has been sentenced to two years in prison for bringing a large quantity of cannabis into the country on a car ferry.

oel Gleeson, 37, of Ballymount Road Lwr, Walkinstown, Dublin, told gardaí he had been threatened by people to whom he owed drug debts and was told to travel to the UK to collect the drugs.

A gym bag containing cannabis with a street value of just over €13,000 was found in a car parked outside his home by Gardaí who were searching his home.

Garda Mark Cullen told the court the search warrant was requested on August 3, 2020 based on confidential information about storage at the home on Ballymount Road Lower.

He said he and his colleagues went to the house the next day and met Gleeson and three other people.

One of the Gardaí noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from a parked car with the window open.

A search of the car found the bag of drugs and receipts in Gleeson’s name for a Stena Line ferry ride a few days earlier.

Gleeson was arrested and said he traveled to the UK after being threatened over a drug debt.

Keith Spencer BL, who is defending himself, told the court his client had accumulated a debt of €10,000 as a result of his crack cocaine use and was told he would be shot in the legs.

Gleeson pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on August 4, 2020 to possession for sale or supply of drugs at Ballymount Road Lower.

He has three previous convictions for drug sales or supply and was sentenced on May 12, 2017 to three years in prison with a one-year suspended sentence.

The court heard that day that Gleeson was caught during a Garda raid trying to flush heroin down a toilet and Gardaí blocked the drain with a towel and shovel.

At his sentencing today, Judge Orla Crowe noted that he would have been released from custody for that offense in 2019.

She noted that he did community service at an addiction clinic for a year after his release, but has since been offended again.

She said this was his fourth conviction for drug trafficking, noting that he went to the car and took some buds of the herb cannabis, “so maybe he wasn’t too scared”.

She noted Garda evidence that Gleeson was seen as on the “low end of the scale,” but she said it was “a very active low end.”

A parole service report found him at high risk of reoffending, Judge Crowe said.

She served a three-year sentence but suspended the last 12 months for two years on a variety of conditions, including his association with a drug rehabilitation service.

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