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Dad-of-six 'planned to share cocaine with friends', court hears


Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne

Derek Byrne

A COURIER caught with cocaine in a shopping centre car park had planned to share the drug with his friends at a party, a court heard.

Derek Byrne (49) had seven bags of cocaine, with a street value of €300 when his car was stopped and searched by gardai.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Byrne €150.

The defendant, with an address at Belclare Drive in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The incident took place at Charlestown car park in Finglas on November 8 last.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said that gardai were on mobile patrol in Finglas around 3.30pm when they searched a 2004-registered car in a shopping centre car park.

Sgt Doherty said that Byrne was found with seven bags of cocaine, which had a street value of €300.

Sgt Doherty said that Byrne admitted the cocaine belonged to him.

The sergeant said that Byrne told gardai he was going to a house party and he planned to share the drug with some of his friends.

The court heard that the defendant has one previous conviction, for drink driving.


Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Byrne is working as a self- employed courier, and had co- operated fully with gardai.

The solicitor said that Byrne - a father of six - got the cocaine to share with some of his friends because he was going to a house party.

He also said that Byrne was very sorry and wished to apologise for his behaviour.