Gang drugs courier gets 8 years
A MAN has been jailed for eight- and-a-half years after being caught delivering drugs for a gang involved in the large-scale distribution of narcotics and guns in north Dublin.
Nathan Oladeru (27) was caught with a kilo each of cocaine and cannabis and a large amount of equipment for mixing and processing drugs.
His arrest led gardai to a lock-up containing around another €700,000 of cocaine and a large amount of ammunition. Judge Martin Nolan said Oladeru was delivering the cocaine for others but owned the cannabis himself.
He imposed a total of eight-and-a half years in consecutive sentences.
Oladeru, of Mount Symon Avenue, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing €70,000 worth of cocaine for sale or supply at the Naas Road near Kill and €70,000 of cannabis at his parents' home in Clonsilla, both on May 12, 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of items in connection with drug dealing at his partner's home in Finglas on April 1, 2011. He was on bail for the drugs offences at the time of his second arrest.
Garda Brian O'Callaghan told the court that gardai were investigating a gang involved in the distribution of drugs and weapons when they were tipped off about a drug handover.
They set up a surveillance operation on the Naas Road and observed two cars park beside each other before one drove off. This car was stopped and Oladeru was found in the passenger seat.
Gardai found just under a kilo of cocaine hidden behind the back seat. Later that day they searched the house where he lived with his parents and found a kilogram of cannabis.
In interview Oladeru said he had travelled to Cork with a work colleague to drop off some cannabis and he was to deliver the cocaine on his way back up. He was to be paid €500 for this.
Gardai later seized his keys, which led them to a lock-up containing a large amount of cocaine and ammunition. Oladeru was not charged with the items found in the lock-up.
Oladeru has two children with his partner, who is studying to be nurse.
He said he had worked consistently as a carpet-fitter and broadband installer.