Wednesday 29 January 2020

Only one out of 140 caught with €13k drugs got 10 years

Fianna Fail’s John Curran
Fianna Fail’s John Curran

There are calls for tougher sentences in drugs cases after it emerged more than 140 people were jailed last year for possessing items worth more than €13,000 - but just one received a jail term over 10 years.

In total, 142 people were convicted last year, 61 of whom received between three and five years.

Only one person was jailed for longer than 10 years, while one offender was jailed for less than 12 months.


Some 42 people received sentences of five to 10 years and 37 had sentences between one and three years in length.

The figures were obtained through a parliamentary question by Fianna Fail TD John Curran.

They were supplied by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Mr Curran advocated tougher sentencing for convictions which involved a large amount of drugs.

"We need to see tougher sentences handed down in court for serious drug crimes, such as procession of drugs over the value of €13,000," he said.

"It's time we began to get serious when it comes to drug crime as we already have an existing drug problem in the country which needs to be curtailed."

He called for prison sentences to reflect the seriousness of the crime.

"Judicial sentences must reflect the gravity of the crime," Mr Curran said.

"It's shocking to see that only one person has received a sentence of more than 10 years for such a serious crime."

The party's national spokesperson on drugs strategy also called on Mr Flanagan to end drug dealing on the streets.

"It has become a norm in certain areas. People are fearful and are avoiding certain parts of the city," he added.

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