Five years in jail for Bray co­caine dealer

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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.

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