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Ponzi suspect was making drugs in home

A MAN wanted for questioning in America over a Ponzi scheme has been given a suspended sentence for making drugs in his Dublin home.

Scott Cavell (29) had come to Ireland from his home in Sacramento, California, under a false name in February 2009, but a warrant was not issued for his arrest here until October 2011.

Gardai executed that warrant in March this year when they tracked Cavell down to the gym he used in the city centre.

They later searched his home and discovered a heavy-duty tablet press, a blender and cannabis and MDMA.

Detective Garda Philip Ryan told the court that the drugs had a total street value of €23,096 and €3,500 was also found in Cavell's bedroom.

Cavell told gardai that he had been manufacturing MDMA after he had initially bought the press for making steroids.

Det Gda Ryan said Cavell is wanted for questioning in the US for his role in a Ponzi scheme. His alleged accomplice has been jailed for 14 years.

Cavell, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply on March 6, 2012. He has been in custody since his initial arrest.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Cavell to five years in prison but suspended the balance on condition that he co-operate fully with his deportation and that he not be released from jail until that deportation is organised.

Det Gda Ryan agreed with Philip Rahn, defending, that Cavell fell in with the wrong group of people when he came to Ireland and started taking recreational drugs.

He said Cavell was "encouraged" to come to Ireland on a falsified passport and was then "steered in a certain direction by people here who then led him into this drug operation".