Former Garda Superintendent John Murphy, who pleaded guilty to having cannabis for sale or supply at his home in north Dublin, has been sentenced to six and a half years.
The verdict was backdated to October 4 last year.
Today Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he was arrested on a tip.
His home was searched on September 29, 2021. Cannabis worth 259,000 euros was found in a walk-in closet, coal bunker and car.
The court found that he was a bad businessman who had accumulated 855,000 euros in debt. He had also developed a drinking problem.
When arrested, Murphy had admitted his guilt.
Murphy (61) was a Lake Garda for 40 years and a father of five.
Judge Martin Nolan said Murphy knew what he was doing was criminal and he deserved a long sentence.
At a previous hearing in Dublin District Court, Murphy’s address was not read out for security reasons.
Murphy was also granted legal aid last November.
It followed a motion by his attorney, who said the motion was “based on the seriousness of the charges and his financial situation.”
The act violated the Narcotics Act, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
https://www.independent.ie/news/ex-garda-superintendent-john-murphy-sentenced-to-more-than-six-years-in-prison-for-possession-of-259000-worth-of-cannabis-42038065.html Ex-Garda Superintendent John Murphy sentenced to more than six years in prison for possession of €259,000 worth of cannabis