Saturday 17 March 2018

Young footballer convicted over €26k cocaine find

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A FORMER underage footballer with one of the country's best-known GAA clubs is to be sentenced in May for dealing thousands of euro worth of cocaine.

Don Quinn, of Connolly Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, who played with Austin Stacks GAA club last season, admitted to having €26,000 worth of the drug at St John's Park, Tralee, and at the train tracks in Gallowsfield on September 28, 2011.

It's the second drugs conviction in Kerry GAA circles in recent days following the jailing of a member of the county's senior hurling panel for drugs offences last week.

Sean Dowling (21), of Ballymacquinn, Ardert, who was described in court as a "drugs wholesaler", was sentenced to three years at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court with the final year suspended for having ecstasy tablets and cannabis on the grounds of Causeway GAA club on December 1, 2011.

The student at the University of Limerick also admitted having cannabis in his rented house in the city.

Judge Carroll Moran refused an application to appeal the severity of the sentence handed down to Dowling.

He said because Dowling was believed by gardai to have been the main drug dealer in the Kilmoyley area and because he had been dealing drugs within close proximity to children he was denying the application.

Quinn was released on bail for sentencing in May.

Irish Independent

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