Saturday 21 October 2017

Man jailed for selling cannabis to make a few quid

Sonya McLean

A FATHER of two has been jailed for four years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after he started selling cannabis to "get a few quid".

John Weekes (25), who was on social welfare at the time, later told gardai in interview: “everyone is doing it, who doesn’t?”

The cannabis herb and resin were found in a garden shed at Weekes’ partner’s home at Clifden Drive in Ballyfermot.

Weekes of Kylemore Drive, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty to possession of 2.78 Kg of cannabis herb and 816 grammes of cannabis resin, with a total value of €38,000, for sale or supply on April 12, 2011. He has one previous conviction for drink driving.

Garda Andrew Lyons told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that Weekes was not at the house when gardai searched it. The drugs were found in a shed after gardai forced open a lock on it.

Weekes was later questioned and took responsibility for the drugs. He said he had been selling them in pubs in the city centre but claimed he had not been doing it for a long time. He told gardai it would not happen again.

Gda Lyons agreed with Paul Greene SC, defending, that Weekes had been trying to get help for his own drug addiction at the time and has since sought treatment.

Mr Greene said his client, a father of two young children, has “made a remarkable effort” to rehabilitate since Christmas.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Weekes took full responsibility for the drugs and made full admissions but said he had been dealing drugs to make a profit.

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