Failed drug dealer caught with cannabis worth €600

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

FAILED DRUG dealer John Far­rell (57) of 14 Villa Mara, Riverchapel, Cour­town ap­peared in the Dis­trict Court af­ter he was ap­pre­hended with more than €600 worth of cannabis.

Prose­cut­ing Garda Dar­ren Cole­man seized resin val­ued at €456 and herb val­ued at €170 at Ballintra Lower in June.

Solic­i­tor David Tar­rant rep­re­sented the ac­cused man, ex­plain­ing that, at the time of the of­fence, his client was un­der pres­sure to pay his rent.

Far­rell had acted in des­per­a­tion to raise fi­nance but the solic­i­tor noted that his client was not good at the drugs trade.

The de­fen­dant was de­scribed as fa­ther of seven adult chil­dren and not suit­able for com­mu­nity ser­vice as he was in ex­treme bad health.

Such was Far­rell’s con­di­tion, sug­gested Mr Tar­rant, that he could not take the drugs him­self, so they were not for his own use.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton recorded a six month jail term, which was suspended, and granted the gar­daí an or­der for de­struc­tion of the cannabis.

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