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Clubber tried to hide drugs down his trousers

A NIGHTCLUBBER who tried to hide €200 worth of ecstasy tablets down his trousers when searched by gardai had to be restrained when he put up a struggle, a court heard.

Anthony Walsh (26) claimed he "panicked" and tried to get rid of the pills, which were for him and his friends in the club.

He insisted he was not selling or dealing and was going to share the drugs with pals.

The defendant, of Berkeley Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply, causing a breach of the peace and obstructing a garda.

The incident happened at Sin Nightclub, Sycamore Street, Dublin 2 last September 7.

Garda Fiona Cahill told Dublin District Court she saw Walsh acting suspiciously outside the club.

She told him she was going to carry out a drugs search. He agreed to the search, but took a small plastic bag from his pocket and tried to conceal it down the back of his trousers.

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When the gardai intervened, Walsh became extremely aggressive and violent, shouting abuse at them.

He said, "Get your f****** hands off me", and a struggle ensued. He was eventually restrained and a small bag containing 20 tablets that were suspected to be ecstasy was retrieved.

Defence barrister Brian Storan said Walsh "panicked" and tried to throw the drugs away. He apologised for his behaviour.

The court heard Walsh had 57 previous convictions for theft, motoring, assault and other offences.

The accused had a "very bad history" of drug misuse, having taken cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and steroids.

However, he was now drug-free. His girlfriend, in court to support him, was due to give birth in September.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for eight weeks, to July 8 for a community service suitability report. He recommended 200 hours instead of a six-month prison sentence.

aphelan@herald.ie


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