Polish man found guilty of possession of €39,000 worth of drugs outside Tralee

A Polish man has been found guilty of the possession of €39,000 worth of drugs outside Tralee.

Maciej Masznicz of Red House, Knocknaclogher, Ballyroe, Tralee, was found guilty of four charges of possession of cannabis and methylamphetamine and one charge of the unlicensed possession of a firearm.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict this afternoon in Tralee Circuit Court after 41 minutes of deliberation.

On foot of a search warrant, gardaí searched the dwelling home and property of Mr Masznicz shortly after 8am on February 18th, 2015.

They found a small quantity of cannabis and methylamphetamine in the house, which the 39-year-old accused admitted to possessing for his personal use.

Upon searching two sheds, gardaí found an additional quantity of drugs, which was concealed in vacuum-packed bags, sandwich bags, an empty compost bag and a rucksack.

In total, over €28,000 worth of cannabis and €10,900 worth of crystal meth was found on the property.

Mr Masznicz was also found guilty of possession of an unlicensed firearm, namely a stun gun.

The jury of six men and six women returned a unanimous, guilty verdicts on all five counts, three of which were Section 15s, which comprise sale or supply offences; he had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of possession.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case until March 14th, when Mr Masznicz will be sentenced.