Two Longford men to be sentenced for drugs offences following Garda undercover operation

Two Longford men will be sentenced today (Wednesday) after being charged with multiple drugs offences following an undercover Garda operation over two years ago.

Longford Circuit Court this week heard that Martin Stokes and Michael Stokes, both with addresses at 44 Palace Crescent in the town, pleaded guilty to sale and supply charges stemming from the undercover sting operation in July and August of 2017, which resulted in multiple arrests last July.

Two of those charged following the Garda operation were 54-year-old Martin Stokes, who the court heard has 28 previous convictions and his 34-year-old son Michael who has 25 previous convictions. Both men pleaded guilty to possession and sale or supply charges connected with deals of cannabis worth between thirty and fifty euro on dates between July and August 2017.

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Sergeant Keelan Brennan told the court in evidence that undercover Gardai had bought small deals of cannabis from both Martin and Michael Stokes, on different dates in so called ‘test purchases. The Sergeant also described both men as ‘street dealers’ for an organised crime group who were supplying a large quantity of controlled drugs to the Longford area.

Defence counsel told the court that Martin Stokes was an alcoholic and was registered as homeless and counsel for Michael Stokes told the court that the accused had left school after sixth class and began using cannabis at 15 and was drinking between 15-20 cans of cider each night as a result of chronic addiction issues.

Judge Karen Fergus adjourned the matter until this morning to finalise sentence.