A tech graduate with no previous convictions, who was caught with 35,000 of cocaine which he claimed he was storing in order to pay off a gambling debt has been jailed for three years.
Garda seized over 35,000 worth of cocaine at Popes Quay in Cork on the 21st of December 2018.
Detective Garda Robert Kennedy told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that garda had received confidential information in relation to Paul Bourke.
They observed Mr Bourke (37) leaving his apartment in Coppinger’s Quay, Cork and spotted him exiting a van with a parcel.
The package contained cocaine with a street value of 32,515. Cannabis valued at 814 was also recovered.
Mr Bourke was arrested and detained at Mayfield Garda Station in Cork. He readily admitted his inv…