Sus­pended sen­tence for sell­ing drugs to friends

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

A CA­HER­SIVEEN man who lost his job and had to move out of home after been found with drugs in his apart­ment in Water­ville was given a four month sus­pended sen­tence at Ca­her­siveen Dis­trict Court last week.

Jeremiah Moran of Direen Ca­her­siveen was found in pos­ses­sion of cannabis herb, 52 ec­stasy tablets and co­caine as well as €2,000 cash at Apart­ment 1 over the post of­fice in Water­ville on July 28, 2016 fol­low­ing a search by gardai.

Sergeant Miriam Mul­hall-Nolan, told the court that Mr Moran had made a full ad­mis­sion of sale to his friends with the ex­cep­tion of the co­caine which was for him­self.

De­fence So­lic­i­tor Padraig O’Con­nell, said that the sell­ing of drugs in this case was the pass­ing of money for drugs be­tween friends but that there was no sell­ing on the open mar­ket.

“There was no para­pher­na­lia, no street cor­ners, no scales, no tick-list, no zip-lock bags,” Mr O’Con­nell said.

“He wasn’t mak­ing money out of this.”

As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent Mr Moran lost his job and is no longer liv­ing at home.

“Re­la­tion­ships have de­te­ri­o­rated be­cause of what oc­curred,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing closed in on top of him be­cause of this ac­tiv­ity.”

Mr Moran had been asked to come up with money for the court poor­box which he had in­tended to bor­row on foot of his em­ploy­ment but when his em­ploy­ment fell through he couldn’t bor­row the money.

“He has lost his job, lost his fam­ily and lost op­por­tu­nity,” said Mr O’Con­nell. He asked Judge David Wa­ters to be le­nient as his client wanted to go to the US.

Judge Wa­ters gave him a four month sus­pended sen­tence for the pos­ses­sion of MDMA or Ec­stasy for sale or sup­ply and took a num­ber of other charges into con­sid­er­a­tion.

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