Five years in jail for Bray cocaine dealer
A BRAY MAN who had €45,000 worth of cocaine hidden in the home he was sharing with his partner was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Wicklow Circuit Court recently.
Stephen Broughal ( 27) with an address of 88 Riversdale Apartments, Upper Dargle Road, Bray, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his address on July 9, 2009.
Sgt Vivian Rock said when gardaí searched the apartment with a search warrant they found cannabis, cannabis resin and cocaine. They also found €610 cash.
The cocaine was found in the kitchen in two separate areas. There was some behind a kickboard under the oven and some more was concealed within the cooker hood extractor fan.
The total weight of the cocaine was 643.469g and had a street value of €45,000. In an interview, Broughal said he had brought the cocaine for €8,000 but had got it on credit. He said he had paid over some money but some of the payment was still outstanding.
He said he was going to take some of the cocaine himself and ‘probably sell a bit’. He also told gardaí he had mixed the cocaine with glucose which Sgt Rock said was to maximise profit.
Broughal told gardaí he had sold the drugs to friends and didn’t make much profit from selling. He also told them he had a bad cocaine habit.
During a second interview, Broughal was questioned about his income as he was not on social welfare. He said his girlfriend was the sole earner but Sgt Rock said he ‘found it difficult to believe given the lifestyle’.
He told barrister Paul Murray, for the State, that Broughal was a single man who had been living with his partner in Bray. However, after the incident he moved home.
He said Broughal had seven previous convictions, five of which were drug-related.
Broughal’s mother, Deirdre Broughal, said Broughal was 18 years when she realised he had a drug problem. She said he had a five-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and confirmed Broughal could live with her if he received a suspended sentence.
Acting for Broughal, senior counsel Roger Sweetman said ‘ as his fondness for drugs increased things became more financially difficult and he turned to dealing to feed his habit’. He said Broughal had been in custody since December 7, 2010.
Judge Michael O’Shea said that Broughal ‘wasn’t a major player but he was an important player’. ‘ He played an important link in the sale and supply of drugs in this country.’
He said Broughal was selling drugs to his friends and he was aware of which friends needed drugs.
Judge O’Shea said drugs have ‘a destructive and devastating effect on society’.
He said Broughal had worked as a chef and had expressed remorse. He said Broughal had undertaken a drug treatment programme in court and is currently drug free.
He sentenced Broughal to five years’ imprisonment, which he backdated to December 7, 2010.
Stephen Broughal, right, being taken to court.