Furniture removal man jailed for five years after being caught with €2.5m worth of drugs

A man who removes furniture has been incarcerated for five years after being caught with $ 2.5 million worth of drugs and a large arms cache.

atrick Brunell, 35, was seen handing the transport over to another man outside of his father’s transport company in Tallaght, Dublin.

Weapons included an AK-47 assault rifle, sniper rifle and shotgun, and another rifle that was equipped with a silencer. It also had four different types of ammunition.

Fearing for his life, Brunell refused to tell who owned the guns and drugs. He said he was asked to detain her because he was known to have access to his father’s prison.

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that his father’s business had suffered from media coverage of the Garda operation.

Brunell of Kiltalown Road Tallaght pleaded guilty to 29 kg of cocaine, 6.4 kg of heroin, a Czech CZ rifle with a silencer, a Beretta shotgun, a Yugoslav AK 47-style assault rifle and a German Sauer rifle with a telescopic sight as well Having possessed 105 kg of rounds of ammunition.

The prosecutor said the offenses were of high severity due to the variety and types of weapons found, and recommended a prison sentence of between 10 and 14 years.

Judge Patrick McCartan said, however, that although the crime was very serious, it was in the “medium range” as Brunell did not trade the drugs himself and held the guns for others.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison, the last two suspended, telling Brunell that he felt sorry for him.

“You made a terrible mistake and must face the consequences,” said Judge McCartan. “Hopefully you will appreciate that I was as lenient as possible.”

Sergeant Brian Cagney told District Attorney Garret Baker BL that confidential information had prompted gardaí to monitor the Greenhills Road premises. On October 28, 2015, they saw two cars arrive outside.

Brunell got out of a car and handed the driver of the second car two black all-rounders with the drugs. Gardaí moved in and arrested both men. Another bag with the guns was in the back of Brunell’s car.

He told gardaí that he had held onto the items for two weeks and expected to be paid between 1,500 and 2,000 euros. He said he did it for the money to support his family, but also because he didn’t feel he had a choice.

“You wouldn’t take no for an answer,” he said in the interview.

Brunell is married with two children. He has 13 previous road traffic and drug possession convictions.

Defense attorney Michael Bowman SC said Brunell was a decent man who worked with gardaí despite refusing to reveal names. The attorney said it was thanks to him that he was not caught with mixers or other drug dealers’ accessories.

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