A man who fled from an birth prison in the UK has been jailed for 5 years for possesssion of cannabis price €34,000 in Cork city closing year.
Ikran Aslam (38), a British citizen with an take care of at The Avenue, Pembroke Woods, Passage West, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possessing cannabis herb for sale or offer and money laundering on September 24th, 2020.
“I received a minute of cannabis from the vehicle and during a search I situated a rucksack with cannabis in separate deal bags. I arrested him for having capsules for sale or offer. I cautioned him. He fled but after a transient distance he was as soon as apprehended,” said Det Garda Buckley.
Gardai also chanced on €12,000 in cash in a field on the dashboard of the vehicle.
During a search of Aslam’s home, gardaí chanced on a large quantity of cannabis herb, weighing scales and bags hidden behind the support panel of a dresser.
Det Garda Buckley said the final price of the capsules was as soon as €34,757 and the final quantity of money seized was as soon as over €13,690.
Det Garda Buckley told the court docket that Aslam, who came to Ireland in 2016 and was as soon as working from home for a name centre, had no old convictions in Ireland. He had 21 old convictions in the UK including ones for possession of cannabis, robbery and aggravated housebreaking.
Mediate Seán Ó Donnabháin heard that Aslam had been in an birth prison in the UK serving what remained of the sentence for aggravated housebreaking but he fled in 2016 and was as soon as unlawfully at enormous since then and living in Ireland.
“Since he came here in 2016, he appears to be like to bask in pretty fast established himself in the dealing business. He had money on board, indicating any individual relied on him. He had €34,000 price of herb and €13,600 in money. He admitted the money was as soon as the proceeds of crime.”
Mediate Ó Donnabháin acknowledged that Aslam was as soon as a heavy cannabis user and that he had given some stage of co-operation to gardai and had pleaded guilty.
Alternatively, he said it was as soon as a excessive offence given the price of the capsules and the money seized.
He sentenced Aslam to 5 years in prison, which he backdated to September 2020 when he was as soon as arrested and taken into custody.