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Carpenter who built up drug debts started dealing after losing his job

A CARPENTER who started dabbling in drugs when he lost his job was forced to start selling cannabis after he built up a drug debt, a court heard.

David Cusack (25) was being put under huge pressure by other people to pay off the debt, and he felt he had no choice but to start dealing.

Judge Brian Sheridan ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to March. The defendant, of Woodlawn Park in Borris, Co Carlow, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of drugs for sale or supply.

The total street value of the drugs was €3,450.

Garda Mark Ferris said he stopped and searched a vehicle at the Topaz Garage in Blanchardstown on January 8, 2009. Cusack was a passenger in the car, and during a drugs search he was found with 750 diazepam tablets, worth €2,250.

Garda Brian O'Connor said he stopped and searched a car in the Dromheath area of Mulhuddart on August 15, 2009. Cusack was found with cannabis worth €1,200.

The court heard the defendant had three previous convictions for minor public order matters.

Defence solicitor Leonora Frawley said Cusack had a very good work history, and worked as a carpenter until two years ago. He started dabbling in drugs when he lost his job and he soon built up a drug debt.

She added that he was selling to acquaintances, and was not selling on street corners.

Ms Frawley said he had since stopped taking drugs.