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Cannabis dealer walks free after charity offer

THIS is the young man caught with two bags of cannabis after he and his mates pooled their money to buy drugs.

Jamie Maguire (20) had saved the money to pay for car insurance, but instead used it to buy two bags of cannabis with a street value of €800.

A judge left Maguire without a conviction after he donated €850 to the Goal Haiti Fund. Judge Patrick McMahon warned Maguire not to come before him again, saying it was "people like him who were responsible for all the murders in Dublin".

If there were no buyers there could be no sellers, the judge said.

Maguire, of Lisheen Road, Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Co Wicklow, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis herb as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The incident took place at the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood, Dublin, on June 6 last.


Garda Michael Burke said he searched Maguire on a corridor of the hotel shortly before 4pm. He was found with two bags of cannabis herb, with a street value of €800. Maguire has no previous convictions. Defence solicitor Martin Coen said Maguire and some friends had clubbed their money together to buy the cannabis.

He said Maguire hoped to be left without a conviction as he wanted to go to Australia to work.

He had €850 in court which he had saved up. Judge McMahon ordered that the money be donated to the Haiti fund.