The sentencing of Radoslaw Synowiecki, from Killeen in Tralee, was held in Tralee District Court this week, with the 48-year-old pleading guilty to the possession of cannabis for sale or supply, as reported by Radio Kerry.
The Polish native was arrested in Ballyseedy in Tralee on September 25th of 2014 after being caught with over €21,000 worth of cannabis. The courts heard that on the day in question, members of An Garda Síochána were conducting a search in Ballyseedy Wood. They began their search on foot in the area, after receiving a confidential tip that there were drugs hidden there.
The courts heard that Gardaí then located a suspicious substance and decided to monitor the area to try and catch the guilty party. Shortly afterwards Mr. Synowiecki arrived in the area and before Garda Naughten had the opportunity to hide. The accused walked further into the woods, which meant Garda Naughten had to also continue walking into the woods in a bid to keep his cover. Once Garda Naughten approached a boundary fence, he then began to pose as a local farmer to try and keep the surveillance operation under wraps.
He urged Mr. Synowiecki to “get off his land” and then proceeded to cross a fence and herd up some nearby cattle in an attempt to hide his true identity. The accused departed the area shortly afterwards, while Gardaí then found a second stash of drugs. They continued their surveillance of the area and within a half an hour Synowiecki returned to the area to source the stash. He was then apprehended by Gardaí. The drugs had an estimated value of €21,400.
Mr Synowiecki had his sentencing adjourned until March 21st.