May 19, 2024

A medication courier who was caught in Donegal with greater than €70,000 of cocaine within the boot of a automotive has been free of jail having served 20 months on remand in jail.

Amin Rhamahi was caught by Gardai at Listillion outdoors Letterkenny with the medication on August twenty sixth, 2022.

The Algerian nationwide has been in custody in Castlerea Jail since being caught.

The 48-year-old appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Courtroom this week having pleaded responsible to having medication on the market or provide.

Garda Damian Maughan gave particulars of the circumstances which led to Rhamahi’s arrest.

He instructed the courtroom how Gardai had been tipped off that the occupants of a Suzuki Swift automotive performing suspiciously between Donegal City and Ballybofey on the day in query.

Garda Maughan mentioned he was the driving force of an unmarked patrol automotive which noticed the automotive and stopped it at Listillion at roughly 5.15pm.

The accused was the entrance seat passenger within the automotive and Gardai mentioned his eyes had been glassy and he appeared nervous.

Whereas questioning the passenger and the driving force, Garda Sergeant Maurice Doyle searched the boot of the automotive and located what gave the impression to be medication in a canine feed bag below some clothes.

The supplies had been despatched to Forensic Science Eire it confirmed the supplies was 1,000 grammes of cocaine valued at €1,308.

AS properly as an iPad and backpack, Gardai additionally seized £1,440 Stg which the accused mentioned was his life-savings.

Throughout interview when arrested, Rhamahi, with addresses in each Portnablagh and Dundalk, instructed how he had develop into hooked on hashish and alcohol and owed a debt of €3,000.

He instructed how he had been instructed to initially go to West Cork after which to Athlone to gather a package deal of cash and to ship it to Donegal.

CCTV footage at a petroleum station in Athlone confirmed a package deal being handed from automotive to a different.

Rhamahi took to the witness stand and mentioned he was ashamed and embarrassed by his actions and he wished to apologise.

He defined his habit background and defined how he has struggled with jail life since first going into custody.

He mentioned he solely had one relative who was a cousin residing in London who had been like a brother to him however that he had died from most cancers whereas he had been in jail.

He mentioned he had now hoped to finally get a job and that folks would forgive him and was additionally looking for to get a spot at Cluain Mhuire Remedy Centre when he obtained out of jail the place he was now working within the kitchen.

“I’m begging the Choose to provide me a second probability. I’m sorry once more,” he mentioned.

His barrister, Mr Colm Smyth, SC, mentioned his shopper’s final conviction was for a difficulty surrounding utilizing a false passport which was greater than ten years in the past and mentioned he had no related convictions for these earlier than the courtroom.

Mr Smyth mentioned he was asking the Choose to be as lenient as doable saying he was hopeful that his shopper might get therapy as soon as launched from jail including that he has had time to mirror on his life and his wrongdoing.

Passing sentence, Choose John Aylmer mentioned he positioned the incident on the energy finish of the size of such circumstances saying it was apparent that the accused was a courier.

However this was a big quantity of medicine, Choose Aylmer mentioned the medication had been in his possession for a brief time frame and {that a} sentence of three years was merited earlier than mitigation.

He mentioned that the Probation Service Report indicated that if he can cope with his addictions he can play a optimistic position in society and achieve employment.

Choose Aylmer imposed a sentence of three years however mentioned he was suspending the steadiness of the sentence till the day after his sentence was imposed to have in mind the time Rhamahi had spent in custody.

This allowed Rhamahi to gather his belongings from Castlerea Jail and get journey passes.

Medicine courier caught with €70,000 of cocaine to be freed was final modified: April twenty fifth, 2024 by Stephen Maguire