€33k coke stash was hidden in graveyard
A YOUNG man who kept a €33,000 stash of cocaine hidden in an isolated graveyard was jailed for five years.
James Carey (34) was jailed as Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard he had received a 10-year prison sentence in 1999 for unlawful killing under the Road Traffic Act.
Carey was the driver of a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase around Cork over Christmas 1998 and which resulted in mother-of-three, June Atkins, being knocked down and killed.
Ms Atkins was walking home from a birthday celebration with her husband when she was struck by the car driven by the then 19-year-old Carey.
She was killed instantly.
During the escapade, Carey had driven at speeds of up to 130kph (80mph).
Pedestrians had to dive for safety as the vehicle sped by.
Carey of Brooklodge Grove, Glanmire, Co Cork pleaded guilty before Judge Sean O'Donnabhain yesterday to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Ballyvinny, Cork in 2013.
The court was told that gardai mounted an operation against suspected drug dealing in the greater Glanmire area.
Det Sergeant Sean McCarthy said James Carey and several other individuals were identified by garda intelligence and placed under surveillance.
Carey was seen to drive to Ballyvinny cemetery and then act suspiciously around the area.
Gardai later inspected the area and found a bag of cocaine carefully hidden in a hollow of a stone wall by the graveyard.
The area was kept under discreet surveillance and, later than evening, Carey returned.
When he removed the bag from the wall and prepared to leave the area, gardai intercepted him and he was arrested.
Carey had initially denied having the cocaine for sale or supply but changed his plea to guilty before his trial started.
Judge O'Donnabhain imposed a seven year prison sentence but agreed to suspend the final two years in light of his guilty plea.