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A father-of-five stashed cash, gardaí believe was the proceeds of crime, in one of his children’s bedrooms.
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John O’Regan of 16 Willow Grove, Killarney was handed down a three-year sentence, suspended for three years for the possession of cocaine for sale or supply.

He also received a three-year concurrent sentence, suspended for three years, for having cash, the proceeds of crime.

Judge Thomas E O’Donnell described the efforts by John O’Regan to secrete his ‘ill gotten gains’ in a child’s bedroom as ‘an appalling action by any parent’.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court to possessing cannabis, possessing cocaine for sale or supply, and having cash – the proceeds of crime – at his home in Willow Grove on March 8th, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to s further count of possession of cannabis at his mother’s home at 13 Willow Grove, Killarney on March 23rd that year.

Detective Garda James Daly said when his home was searched gardaí found €7,400 hidden in the bed frame in a child’s room and £(stg)370 in Mr O’Regan’s bedroom.

They also recovered a ‘tick list’, of names and amounts of money owed that is associated with drug dealing.

When they searched his mother’s house, they recovered €20 of cannabis in the shed. A digital weighing scales and a bag containing €10,000, which the accused denies was his, was found in the kitchen.

Judge O’Donnell imposed two concurrent, three-year sentences and suspended both for three years.

Mr O’Regan was also given a 12-month sentence for possessing cannabis, with another similar charge taken into consideration.