John Reeves: A Dubliner caught at home with over a million euros worth of cocaine and heroin pleads guilty

John Reeves, 58, voluntarily went to a Lake Garda station and said he knew the suitcase contained drugs but didn’t know what kind

John Reeves, 58, of Birches Road, Wedgewood, Sandyford, pleaded guilty to one count on 20 October 2022 of possession of cocaine and diamorphine for sale or delivery at the same address.

Garda Shane Donovan told Dublin Criminal Court today that Gardaí received a search warrant and searched the property on October 20 last year.

During the search, a pink suitcase was found in the attic containing eight small blocks of a brown substance and seven blocks of white powder. These were later identified as heroin and cocaine, respectively.

Each of the eight blocks of heroin weighed about half a kilogram, while each of the seven blocks of cocaine weighed about one kilogram. The heroin was valued at around €560,000 while the cocaine was valued at around €490,000.

Reeves later voluntarily went to a Lake Garda station and said he knew the suitcase contained drugs but didn’t know what kind. He said he took possession of the suitcase in a mall parking lot.

Reeves told Gardaí he had addiction problems and financial difficulties that included drug debt. He claimed responsibility for the drugs, telling Gardaí that his family was not involved.

Reeves has no criminal record and has not been reported negatively since the incident.

Gda Donovan agreed with Michael Bowman SC and defended that Reeves told the Gardaí he thought he had cannabis in his hand and became ill when told what kind of drugs were in the suitcase. He agreed that the father of two developed a drug problem after his son’s death a few years ago.

Reeves completed his drug treatment but relapsed after his relationship failed. He and his wife had separated and Reeves was not living in the house at the time of the crime but was staying with a friend.

The Garda witness accepted that Reeves had no control over the type or amount of drugs he was to keep in order to reduce his $3,000 drug debt. He also agreed that Reeves feared for his family and himself.

The court heard that Reeves hid the drugs in the attic without his family’s knowledge. Gda Donovan accepted that Reeves’ report seemed genuine and that he was ashamed of his actions, but felt he had no choice.

He also agreed that no evidence of drug dealing was found in the home and that Reeves had no interest in the drugs.

Mr Bowman said his client made a “catastrophic error of judgement”. His client is in custody and has not asked for bail because he accepts the “inevitability of a prison sentence”.

The defense attorney said his client took steps to get his addiction problems under control. A clean urinalysis was presented to the court.

A letter from Reeves was read to the court apologizing to the court, Gardaí and others for his actions. Numerous testimonies were also presented to the court.

Mr Bowman said his client was doing well in custody and was a better prisoner. He is involved in prison psychological services and volunteers as a listener with the Samaritans. A report from the governor and a urinalysis were also presented to the court.

Mr. Bowman submitted to Judge Martina Baxter that his client’s role was at the lower end of the scale. Mr Bowman asked the judge to consider his client’s early admission of guilt, his work history and the fact that he accepted responsibility for the drugs.

The court heard that Reeves worked in construction and faced financial difficulties following the economic downturn. Judge Martina Baxter adjourned the case to May 18 for a final decision.

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