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Men caught with drugs want to be freed from jail

Aodhan O'Faolain and Ray Managh

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

The Court of Appeal's ruling temporarily makes possession of ecstasy, benzodiazepines and some headshop drugs legal
The Court of Appeal's ruling temporarily makes possession of ecstasy, benzodiazepines and some headshop drugs legal

The High Court has heard that three men who admitted possessing certain drugs should be released immediately from prison because the substances were not legally prohibited at the times of their arrest or sentence.

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In separate and unrelated incidents Keith Willis of Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot, who admitted having more than 5,000 ecstasy tablets; Anthony Murphy of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh who admitted possessing €560,000 worth of a synthetic type of cannabis; and Joseph Carberry of Lonsdale Terrace, Ballymun, who admitted possessing a stimulant called pentedrone received custodial sentences.

All three have challenged the validity of their detention arising from a recent Court of Appeal decision to strike down as unconstitutional a provision of the Misuse of Drugs Act declaring possession of some one hundred types of drugs to be an offence.

President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns reserved his decision until later this month.

Irish Independent

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