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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C
Laura Hutton/
# Tipperary
Two men go on trial for alleged possession of €80k worth of cocaine for sale or supply
Michael Morgan (43) and John Walsh (36) appeared before Nenagh Circuit Court today.

TWO TIPPERARY MEN, including a Nenagh fireman, who deny having cocaine worth almost €80,000 for sale or supply, are facing a minimum 10-years in jail if they are convicted. 

Michael Morgan, (43), Cluain Muillean, Nenagh, and John Walsh, (36), of Coille Bheithe, Nenagh, appeared before Nenagh Circuit Court today, the second day of their trial. 

A lunchbox containing 39 bags of cocaine was found in fireman Michael Morgan’s work locker during a routine inspection at Nenagh fire station, on 17 January 2018, the court heard. 

Several past and present members of Nenagh fire service gave evidence of seeing a white powder substance in a green plastic lunchbox after the box was removed from Morgan’s work locker. 

Gardaí were alerted and the two accused men were later arrested and charged in connection with the seizure of cocaine worth an estimated €78,000.

They are both each charged with one count of possessing cocaine worth over €13,000, which carries a minimum mandatory 10-year jail term, except in exceptional and specific circumstances.

They are also each charged with one count of possession of cocaine for sale or supply, and with one count of simple possession of cocaine.

The jury, of seven men and five women, heard that a number of people would have had access to the firefighters work locker area, and that the lockers would routinely be left open to allow firefighters quick access to equipment when responding to emergency calls.

A senior fire fighter told the court it would have been relatively easy for contraband to be placed in firefighters work lockers at the station.

This, the court heard, was due to the lockers being left open or having keys left in the locks.

Garda Andrew Loughlin, Nenagh Garda Station, said he responded to the fire station on the evening in question and was shown a box containing a white rocky/powdery substance in plastic wrappings that had allegedly being discovered in Morgan’s work locker. 

Garda Loughlin said the white substance “looked like it was divided up into equal quantities in equal weight”. 

Gardaí also searched Morgan’s home and his personal locker at his workplace but nothing suspicious was found in either search.

A forensic analysis of the contents of the lunchbox confirmed it was cocaine.

The trial continues. 

Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. 

Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify that John Walsh is not employed as a fireman.