A HOSPICE volunteer who was caught with valium and cocaine in his kitchen cupboards was part of a "supply chain", a court heard.
Adam Elliott (34) battled a drug addiction for long number of years, but still managed to hold down a job and support his family.
He admitted that when he started dealing drugs he "went in at the deep end". He said he found himself part of a drugs "supply chain", could see "no way out", and became a victim of "peer pressure".
Elliott told a court he did not make any money from directly selling drugs, but was supplying them to himself and his friends.
The matter was before Tallaght District Court for sentencing after Elliott had previously admitted to possession of cocaine and having the drug for sale or supply at his home at Millrace Crescent, Saggart.
He also admitted to having 2,510 valium tablets for sale or supply. The total street value of the drugs was €7,700, of which €1,100 was the cocaine.
The court previously heard gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Elliott's home on February 27, 2009.
During the search, cocaine and valium were found in the kitchen. Elliott later admitted the drugs were his.
Defence lawyer Elizabeth Davey said the defendant worked as a taxi driver until a year ago. He is currently doing a FAS course in business studies, and hopes to set up a new business providing a vehicle breakdown service. He also volunteers in a hospice.
The court heard that Elliott is currently stabilised on methadone.
Judge James McDonnell ordered Elliott to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of six months in prison.