Wednesday 28 January 2015

Young football player sold ecstasy to undercover garda

Eimear Cotter

Published 14/01/2014 | 18:17

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A promising young football player who sold ecstasy tablets to an undercover garda was trying to make some money at the time, a court heard.

Paul Wade (19) was arrested following an undercover operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) in conjunction with the Finglas Drug Unit targeting low level dealers in the Finglas area. Judge David McHugh ordered Wade to donate €250 to Blanchardstown Hospice and said he would apply the probation act.

The defendant, of Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of ecstasy tablets for sale or supply.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Wade sold six ecstasy tablets, valued at €30, to an undercover garda at Plunkett Avenue in Finglas on March 20 last year.


The court heard that Wade has never been in trouble with the gardai before.

Defence solicitor Noelle Kenny said Wade got involved in selling the tablets through a friend and he very much regretted his involvement in the incident.

Ms Kenny said Wade needed money at the time of the incident.

The court heard that Wade is a promising young football player and currently plays for his local club.

Ms Kenny said no one in the defendant's family has ever been in trouble before and his mother was supporting him in court.

She asked the judge to leave him without a conviction, saying that he is a young man who is hoping to train as a carpenter and he is no longer in drugs.

Irish Independent

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