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Youth had €450k haul of cocaine in his car

A YOUNG man who turned to drugs following the suicide of three friends in a short period of time faces a possible ten year sentence after being caught transporting almost half a million euro of cocaine to repay a debt.

Gerard Beirne (22), who has 20 previous convictions, told gardai he had "two 'k's' of really crap coke" after he was arrested while making a drop off of a package from the €450,000 cache in his car.

Beirne, of The Vale, Woodfarm, Palmerstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply in the car park of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on June 22, 2009 and to possession of a smaller quantity of drugs at his home on June 23, 2009.

Judge Desmond Hogan said Beirne was supplying a "valuable service" to the criminal gang and that he had become involved with them through his own drug use, noting the old saying: "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." He said however the court would have regard to the fact that he was under pressure.

He ordered a probation report and remanded Beirne further in custody until his sentence date in April.