Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dad of two jailed for four years after being caught with €70k of drugs 

Sonya McLean

A FATHER of two has been jailed for four years after he was put under pressure by drug dealers to distribute €70,000 worth of drugs and hold four shot gun cartridges.

John Darcy (27) had previously received a three year suspended sentence after he was caught with a haul of drugs.

His counsel Mary Rose Geary SC, defending, said Darcy had been held financially responsible for the drugs lost in the first seizure and as a result was forced to hold this stash of cannabis herb, cannabis resin, cocaine and ecstasy.

Darcy told gardaí in interview that his role was “to dish” out the drugs under the direction of a third party. He has now moved out of the area and has not come to garda attention since his arrest.

Darcy formerly of Raheen Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs, with a combined value of €69,600 and the four shotgun cartridges at his uncle’s house, also in Ballyfermot, on March 19, 2012.

His other previous convictions are for mainly road traffic offences.

Garda Michael McNulty told Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, that Darcy had been acting as a carer for his uncle and staying in the house three to four nights a week.

The house was searched following a garda tip off and the drugs were discovered in a garden shed.

Gda McNulty agreed with counsel that Darcy was not there at the time of the garda search but came along to the station “on his own steam” and took responsibility for the drugs. He said he had been put under pressure to hold the drugs.

Gda McNulty agreed with Ms Gearty that Darcy was co-operative and polite to gardaí.

He accepted that Darcy had “no trappings of wealth” and came from a good family.

Ms Gearty told Judge Martin Nolan that her client had a “really stupid but understandable reason” for committing this offence.

She said a relative, who was awarded compensation following a road traffic accident, has since given him money in order to pay off these people for this haul so that he wouldn’t find himself in the same situation again.

Judge Nolan accepted that Darcy thought this was the only way he could pay back these criminals for the loss of the first seizure but said he should have known that “if he involves himself with these type of people, they are going to take advantage of you”.

He took into account the pressure that was placed on him and “the good points in his character” before he jailed him for four years.

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