Sunday 17 November 2019

Three years for distributing €40,000 worth of cannabis resin

Sonya McLean

A MAN has been jailed for three years after he admitted distributing almost €40,000 worth of cannabis resin from his home.

Lee Deegan (22) of Marigold Court, Darndale, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis resin for sale or supply at his home on November 17, 2011. He has no previous convictions.

Garda Ciaran Cummins told Damien Colgan BL, prosecuting, that Deegan’s home was searched following receipt of confidential information.

Gardai forced their way in after there was no reply and discovered the drugs, weighing over three kilos and with a street value of €38,983, in Deegan’s bedroom.

Deegan, who had been at the doctors at the time returned home and made immediate admissions.

He told gardai he had broken the cannabis into deals and was intending to sell them.

Gda Cummins agreed with Dominic McGinn SC, defending, that his client was a heavy cannabis user at the time and had bought the drugs on credit.

He accepted that Deegan had been looking for help with his addiction before his arrest.

Mr McGinn said his client’s father committed suicide when he was two years old and he was effectively raised by his grandparents while his mother worked.

Counsel said Deegan started taking sleeping tablets as a young teenager but later rehabilitated. He had been using cannabis from a young age.

Mr McGinn said Deegan took the death of his grandmother very badly and the subsequent death of his grandfather in 2011 caused him to increase his cannabis use.

Deegan has been on a residential drug treatment programme since October and reports from the programme stated he was making good progress.

Judge Martin Nolan jailed Deegan for three years after he said that he was a “vital cog” in the operation and was actively involved in the distribution of drugs.

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