Trial of 26 year old Tralee man facing five drugs charges begins at Tralee Circuit Court

The trial has begun at Tralee Circuit Court in the case of a 26 year old Tralee man who is facing five drugs charges. Gavel 4 Mark O’Sullivan of 23 Caharanne Close Tralee has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of cannabis, two  counts of possession of cannabis for sale or supply and a final charge of obstructing a garda by throwing cannabis into the fire at 13 Gallowsfield, Tralee on January 10th 2012. One charge of possession of cannabis and one charge of possession of cannabis for sale or supply relate to drugs found in a blue Renault Laguna parked near 13 Gallowsfield on the same date. Gardaí went to 13 Gallowsfield on January 10th 2012 with a search warrant. Garda Eoin Donovan, a member of Kerry Divisional Drugs Unit told the court and a jury of 6 men and 6 women that entry to the house was gained by force using an enforcer or battering ram. He said there were up to 7 men in the front sitting room of the house including the defendant Mark O’ Sullivan who the court heard is nicknamed ‘Boycie’ after the character in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Garda Eoin Donovan said Mr O’Sullivan was sitting on the arm of an armchair inside the door of the sitting room and upon his entry Mr O’Sullivan left the chair and threw a bag into the fire, which Garda Donovan retrieved. The melted bag which contained gummy sweets and cannabis was admitted into evidence. The court also heard that a quantity of loose cannabis was found on the mantel piece and another quantity of cannabis was found on the coffee table in the sitting room. On the opening day of the trial Garda Donovan said Mark O’Sullivan was brought into the kitchen and searched. €605 in cash, a nokia mobile phone, a Permanent TSB bank card and a key for a Renault Laguna were found in his pockets. The court heard that the car was not owned by Mr O’Sullivan but by his then partner. The case continues before Judge Tom O’Donnell.