Friday, November 20, 2020

A 36-YEAR-OLD Polish national who’s currently serving a ten-year prison sentence pleaded guilty to possessing drugs worth more than €72,000 when he appeared before Carlow Circuit Court last week. Rafal Klubikowski, with addresses at Fairgreen, Portlaoise and Killenard, Portarlington was sentenced to a further two years’ imprisonment for possessing drugs for sale or supply at Rochfort Manor, Graiguecullen on 23 May 2018.

Investigating Garda Tommy Cleere told the court that he saw Mr Klubikowski acting suspiciously that day in Rochfort Manor and that when he searched the defendant’s car, he found €33,740 worth of cocaine, €27,300 worth of MDMA, €8,540 worth of heroin and €3,240 worth of amphetamines, and that in total, the drugs were worth €72,820.

Garda Cleere said that Mr Klubikowski was already on bail on another matter at the time and that he was currently serving a ten-year sentence in Cork. He continued that the defendant absconded while on bail and was brought to court after a high-speed car chase with gardaí.

Judge Cormac Quinn was told that Mr Klubikowski had 39 previous convictions, 23 of which were committed in Poland. Garda Cleere told the court that he believed Mr Klubikowski was involved in the sale of drugs at a national level.

Judge Quinn sentenced Mr Klubikowski to two years, consecutive to the sentence that he’s already serving, but suspended the final 12 months for two years.

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