Dad gets six years over €820k drugs haul
A CZECH man who allowed his Audi TT car to be used to collect drugs -- unaware the cannabis was worth €820,000 -- has been given a six-year sentence.
Jaroslav Jirasek (28) told gardai he was to receive "a piece of hash" for giving a man a lift to collect a bag that morning and he became terrified when he realised the extent of what was happening.
Jirasek, with an address at Cherry Avenue, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at North Road, Finglas on April 18, 2009.
Judge McCartan noted Jirasek had said he was not involved in gangland activity but was prepared to use his car to collect drugs although he accepted Jirasek possibly did not know the quantity involved.
He imposed a six-year sentence -- but suspended the final two years.
Detective Garda Val Russell told Elva Duffy, prosecuting, that gardai acting on confidential information began a surveillance operation at 10.50am and observed the movements of the silver Audi TT registered to Jirasek and another vehicle.
Gardai signalled for the Audi to pull over at 12.05pm and told the three men the car was to be searched. They recovered a number of holdall bags from the boot and the back seat of the car, containing cannabis resin with a street value of €820,000. The men were arrested.
Det Garda Russell said that Jirasek was interviewed and accepted his part in the matter but said he had not become involved until that day when he was asked to drive.
He told gardai he had been asked to give someone a lift and did not realise what was going on until quite late.
Jirasek said he had been asked to give a man a lift to collect a bag and in return he was to get "a piece of hash".
Det Garda Russell agreed with Micheal P O'Higgins, defending, that his client did not have any role in planning the transaction.
Carol Pepper told Mr O'Higgins that she had a child with Jirasek. She said she had suffered "a bit of a breakdown" following the death of two of her brothers within six months and he had taken over custody of the child.
She said Jirasek had been intending to buy her an engagement ring on the day of his arrest. Jirasek said he had sole custody of the child but that arrangements would be made for the child's care.