Sligo man found not guilty of conveying drugs into Castlerea Prison

A Sligo man who was accused of conveying illegal drugs into Castlerea Prison has been found not guilty at the circuit court.

Judge Francis Comerford directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty after a submission from the defence during legal argument in the absence of the jury.
The judge directed the jury to find 32-year-old John Kennedy, Castleburn, Ballymote not guilty to a charge that between April 9 and 10 2015, he conveyed PVP a synthetic drug into Castlerea prison.
He directed the jury to also find the defendant not guilty of a charge of unlawful possession of the drug at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9 2015.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to both charges before a jury in a trial that lasted almost three weeks at Sligo Circuit Court.


The court heard earlier that a prison officer found a “suspicious package” at the entrance to the prison where a package containing a pair of Adidas runner, a box set of DVD’s of “Breaking Bad” and a letter addressed to an inmate in the prison was found.

The defendant admitted to gardai that the runners belonged to him and admitted posting the package.

But he said he did not know anything about the drugs.