Drugs Valued at $100m Found By Lifeboat Crew During Emergency Callout
It is a long time since I published the original story but it came to an interesting final conclusion earlier this week:
Three men have been sentenced to a total of 85 years in jail after their conviction in connection with the largest drugs seizure in the history of the State.
Perry Wharrie, Martin Wanden and Joe Daly, who are all from England, were convicted of possessing at least €440m worth of cocaine off the west Cork coast on 2 July 2007.
Wharrie and Wanden were each sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. Daly was given a 25-year jail term.
The court heard Wharrie, 48, from Kent, was jailed for life in 1989 for the murder of an off-duty police officer. He was released on licence in 2005 but failed to adhere to the condition of his probation and is now wanted by British authorities who have issued a European arrest warrant for him. The court also heard that Wanden, 45, of no fixed abode has a number of previous convictions, including a conviction in France in 2003 for drug smuggling for which he was jailed for two years in his absence.
Daly, 41, also from Kent, has a number of convictions for minor offences.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said all three were committed and dedicated to 'this criminal act.' He said there was no evidence that any of them suffered from any addiction and that they were prepared to deal in death and destruction for money
A man has been arrested after the seizure of what is believed to be cocaine in the sea off the coast of west Cork.
The drugs were found as rescuers searched for one of three men who went missing after an inflatable dinghy capsized last night near Dun Lough Bay.
The man's two companions were rescued after spending several hours in the water and are said to be in a stable condition in Bantry General Hospital.