Man caught with €60,00 illegal cigarette and fake tracksuit haul

March 26, 2023

A man was caught with a haul of illegal cigarettes and fake sporting goods when Gardai raided his home in Ballyshannon.

Brendan Casey was caught with the goods when officers called to his home at Ernedale Heights on May 8th, 2020.

Casey, aged 44, appeared at Donegal Circuit Court, where he pleaded guilty to a range of charges.

Among them were that he had in his possession a range of tracksuits including brands purporting to be Nike, Adidas and The Northface which breached the Trademark Act of 1996.

The court was also told that Casey had in his possession a total of 61,750 Excellence cigarettes and 33.8 kilogrammes of fine-cut tobacco for rolling which were in various packets.

The combined value of the tobacco and cigarettes was €61,645.45.

Barrister for Casey, Mr Peter Nolan, instructed by solicitor Rory O’Brien, said his client has a history of depression and other conditions.

He said he was asking for a probation and welfare report saying he was hopeful it may recommend his client was suitable for community service.

He said his client has had an excellent record since this incident and that there will be an explanation for these offences which “will be given in due course.”

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the final sentencing date until December to allow time for the various reports.