Tuesday 27 September 2016

Man caught with keys to car containing kilogram of drug-related 'bulking agents'

Fiona Ferguson

Published 11/02/2016 | 17:11

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A man caught with keys to a car containing a kilogram of drug related “bulking agents” has been given a three and a half year sentence.

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Jason Malone (33) was found with various drug paraphernalia as well as keys to two cars which were later searched by gardaí who recovered the substances commonly used to bulk out cocaine.

Malone, of Finn Eber Fort, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of caffeine, lignocaine and phenacetin with traces of cocaine at Sandyhill Terrace, Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun on April 18, 2014.

He has 31 previous convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally said Malone was quite clearly in the business of dealing in drugs at the time but noted that he may now be prepared to put his offending behind him.

She imposed a three and a half year sentence and suspended the final year on strict conditions.

Garda Emily Carr told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that she was with a colleague in an unmarked patrol car when they saw Malone cycling a push bike and carrying a Centra bag.

They pulled in to speak to Malone, who attempted to escape and dropped the Centra bag. He was pursued and stopped after a short time. He tried to turn off his phone and drop it on the ground.

Gda Carr said she believed that he was attempting to smash the phone but Malone later denied this.

Gardaí searched Malone and recovered the bag. They found a sum of money, scales and keys to two cars. They also found a plate, spoon and hotel card key with traces of heroin on them in the bag.

In a follow up search of the cars gardaí recovered two bags containing approximately one kilogram of white powder which transpired to be caffeine, lignocaine and phenacetin.

Patrick Marrinan SC, defending, said Malone had a difficult upbringing with no effective role models and violence in the home. He had literacy problems at school and upon leaving education had no employment or significant training.

He said Malone quickly fell in with a peer group in his area who were drinking and using drugs and descended into addiction.

Mr Marrinan said Malone had been given an ultimatum by his partner and in the two years since this incident he had not been charged with any further offences. He was also addressing his rehabilitation for the first time in his life with the support of his partner.

He said a psychiatric report outlined Malone would benefit from counselling and a drug rehabilitation program to ensure he was pointed in the right direction.

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