‘Small time player’ sold cannabis from his home

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A MAN who had cannabis hid­den in his bath­room was jailed at a re­cent sit­ting of Wicklow Cir­cuit Court.

Matthew Mur­ray ( 20), 16 St Pa­trick’s Square, Bray was charged with pos­ses­sion of cannabis with the in­ten­tion of sale or sup­ply at his ad­dress on Septem­ber 7, 2011.

Garda John O’Reilly said he found a large zi­plock bag con­tain­ing cannabis be­hind a bath frame.

Bags and a weigh­ing scale were also found in the house as well as cash and a note­book with names and amounts lead­ing gar­dai to be­lieve it con­tained de­tails of peo­ple who owed drugs money.

In to­tal 239.267 grammes of cannabis was found with a street value of €4,800 on the ba­sis of a price of €20 per gramme.

Mur­ray de­nied the money in the house was as a re­sult of drugs say­ing he had saved it. He ac­cepted he in­tended sell­ing the cannabis for profit.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion from de­fend­ing coun­sel Orla Crowe, BL, Garda O’Reilly ac­cepted that at the time cannabis had a value of €12 per gramme giv­ing a street value of €3,000 at the time.

Ms. Crowe said Mur­ray who is a long term re­la­tion­ship was sup­ported in court by his mother and girl­friend.

She said he came from a re­spectable back­ground and ‘peo­ple tried very hard to look out for him’.

Ms. Crowe said ‘ the pro­ba­tion report makes for rather grim read­ing’ say­ing Mur­ray is ‘ im­ma­ture due to his age and lacks a cer­tain in­sight’.

She said he has ‘ bro­ken his mother’s heart’ and came be­fore the court when his part­ner is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time.

Judge Michael O’Shea said while he ac­cepted Mur­ray is ‘a small time player’ he was ‘ us­ing his house for the weigh­ing, bag­ging and sell­ing of drugs’. He handed down a two and a half year sen­tence sus­pend­ing the fi­nal year on con­di­tion Mur­ray be of good be­hav­iour for two years from the date of his re­lease.

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