Sen­tence for ‘old­est drugs mule to come be­fore the courts’ found to be too le­nient

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THE Court of Ap­peal has found that wholly sus­pended 10-year sen­tences im­posed on a Round­wood man de­scribed as the ‘old­est drugs mule to come be­fore the courts’ and another man for the pos­ses­sion of €1.2 mil­lion in drugs were too le­nient.

Ed­ward Rooney (65) of Bal­li­na­cor­ribeg, Round­wood, Co. Wick­low and Des Ryan (55) of Belfield Springs, En­nis­cor­thy, were ar­rested after a surveil­lance op­er­a­tion in a pub car park in Fin­glas in 2012.

Mr Rooney, driv­ing a Ford Mon­deo, was seen park­ing along­side a truck driven by Mr Ryan and walk­ing over to the driver’s win­dow. Ryan was then seen hand­ing over a black hold-all bag which Rooney put in the car boot and drove off. Both men were ar­rested very shortly af­ter­wards and brought to Fin­glas Garda Sta­tion.

Gar­daí found pack­ages of heroin worth €1.26 mil­lion, and one bag of co­caine worth €15,939.

In Oc­to­ber 2013 Judge Des­mond Ho­gan handed down sus­pended terms of 10 years to both men after they pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing drugs for sale or sup­ply.

The court heard that the men had been un­der fi­nan­cial pres­sure when they agreed to trans­port and col­lect a bag con­tain­ing drugs from the UK to Ire­land.

Pres­i­dent of the Court of Ap­peal Mr Jus­tice Sean Ryan said on Mon­day that the court was sat­is­fied that there was un­due le­niency in the sen­tence and ad­journed the mat­ter to Jan­uary 19.

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