A MAN caught transporting cocaine valued at €140,000 following a “controlled delivery” of a suspicious package has been jailed for four and a half years.

Anthony Eya (42), formerly of Park View, Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, was stopped in his car with the drugs following a surveillance operation put in place by gardai after customs officers alerted them to the arrival of a suspicious package.

Eya pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Ballyowen Lane on August 28, 2012.

The court heard Eya, a naturalised Irish citizen, got bail after his arrest and left Ireland for Nigeria in 2013. He later made arrangements to return and has been in custody since May 2017.

Damien Colgan SC, defending, said his client, a married father of three, had returned to Ireland “to face the music”. He said his client had a good work history prior to leaving and was now getting on well in custody.

Judge Martin Nolan noted Eya’s guilty plea and co-operation which he said allowed him to depart from the mandatory minimum sentence of ten years applicable to this offence.

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