A FATHER of two has been jailed for four years after almost 2kg of cocaine was found in a wheelie bin at his house.
Lloyd Ryan (36), of Streamville Road, Kilbarrack, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 1.9kg of cocaine, worth €137,000, at his home on December 14, 2010.
Garda Joe McBride accepted a suggestion from Sean Gillane, defending, that his client was storing the drugs for someone else, and that Ryan had been battling drug addiction for the past 20 years.
Garda McBride said Ryan was with other people in the house when gardai raided it and discovered the drugs.
He accepted responsibility and was arrested and taken to the local station for questioning.
During his interviews he initially continued his admissions but in the third and fourth interview denied any involvement.
He again returned to his original story in the final two interviews, but later elected for trial.
Garda McBride said Ryan has two daughters from a previous relationship. He has 16 previous convictions, but he has not come to garda attention since his arrest.
Judge Martin Nolan said Ryan was a mature man and should have known better.
He accepted that he has good family support and noted that a number of letters handed into court on Ryan's behalf described him as a good father.
Garda McBride said Ryan's admission meant that the other people in the house didn't have to be arrested. He accepted that Ryan has started to detoxify following "a long-standing serious drug addiction".
Mr Gillane told Judge Nolan that his client's mother was a drug addict and his grandmother raised him.
He described her as a very impressive woman who did her best to encourage Ryan to lead a good and a productive life.
Counsel said Ryan abused heroin as young teenager but settled down in the Nineties, had a stable relationship and became a father.
His relationship broke down in 2010 following his mother's death and he started to abuse cocaine. Counsel said this led to him running up a debt and getting involved in this offence.