A man convicted of money laundering has been sentenced to four and a half years, with half of it suspended, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Terence O'Shea, who is 46, from Aherlamore, Aherla, County Cork pleaded guilty to a single charge that he engaged in handling or processing property that was the proceeds of criminal conduct on 2 April 2011 at his home address.

The court was told that, during a search of the house, gardaí using a sniffer dog had discovered nearly €380,000 hidden in a compartment of the leg of a pool table.

Inspector Fergal Foley told the court that the house was searched as part of an investigation into an international gang, consisting mainly of people from Cork city based in Spain and Holland, and involved in the importation of illegal drugs into Ireland and other countries.

Gardaí also discovered 35 blank, forged driving licences in a bedside locker and €4,500 in €50 notes.

Inspector Foley said it was not believed by gardaí that O'Shea had any involvement in drugs transactions or any such criminal activity but he believed that he was the quarter master responsible for the cash.