Monday 18 December 2017

Teenager who sold cocaine to undercover gardai was trying to feed own drug habit, court told

Glen Thompson
Glen Thompson

Eimear Cotter

A TEENAGER caught selling cocaine and ecstasy to undercover gardai was trying to feed his own drug habit, a court heard.

Glen Thompson (19) is now clean of drugs and has been for the last four months.

A court heard that Thompson was arrested following a joint operation between the Finglas Drugs Unit and officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) targeting street dealers in the west Dublin area.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Thompson €250.

The defendant, with an address at Plunkett Drive in Finglas admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of cocaine for sale or supply and one count of possession of ecstasy for sale or supply.

The offences, contrary to the misuse of drugs act, took place at Barry Road in Finglas on December 3, 2012 and April 3, 2013 and at Mellowes Park, also in Finglas, on January 10, 2013.

Garda William O'Keeffe said that Thompson sold deals of cocaine, worth €40, on two occasions to undercover gardai.

Gda O'Keeffe said that Thompson also sold two ecstasy tablets, worth €10 each.

The garda said the defendant's home was later searched but no drugs were found.

Gda O'Keeffe said Thompson co-operated fully with officers and made full admissions.

The court heard that Thompson has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant was heavily dependant on drugs at the time of these offences and he was selling cocaine to feed his own habit.

Mr O'Doherty said the defendant is now clean from all drugs, and has been clean for four months.

The court also heard that Thompson is working part time as a scaffolder. His parents separated when he was very young.

Mr O'Doherty said these offences took place over a year ago and Thompson hasn't been in trouble since.

He said Thompson realises the seriousness of having three convictions for dealing drugs.

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