Man pleads guilty to possession of drugs in Limerick Prison

The Limerick Court Complex in Mulgrave Street

A LIMERICK man was found in possession of illegal drugs at Limerick Prison, the Circuit Criminal Court heard at a sitting in the Mulgrave Street courts complex.

Martin Treacy (31), with an address at St Lawrences Park, Garryowen, Limerick City, pleaded guilty before the court to one count of possession of drugs including alprazolam, also known as Xanax, a fast-acting and potent tranquilizer, benzodiazepine.

The offence, which is contrary to Section 15C of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, carries a maximum sentence on summary conviction of a fine of up to €3,000 or 12 months in jail, or both, or a maximum 10-year sentence on conviction on indictment.

The offence occurred at Limerick Prison on dates including and between June 13 and 14, 2020.

At an arraignment hearing, Mr Treacy spoke only to confirm his guilty plea.

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Mr Treacy’s barrister and junior counsel, Liam Carroll, told the court that the accused had a “history of addiction” and had undergone treatment for his addiction issues.

Judge Tom O’Donnell granted an application made by Mr Carroll for a probation report to be compiled prior to sentencing.

The judge remanded Mr Treacy on continuing bail for sentencing on July 23.