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Ex-Bray footballer had €500k drugs haul

A FORMER Bray Wanderers footballer who was found in possession of almost half a million euro worth of cocaine and heroin at his family home has had his sentencing adjourned until next week.

Paul Dunphy (22), who made 48 appearances for the Seagulls between 2007 and 2008, told gardai that he was the "keeper" and not the owner of €220,548 in cocaine and €199,161 in heroin uncovered by gardai after they searched his home.

Dunphy pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine with a combined value of €419,709 for sale or supply at Cleggan Park, Ballyfermot on August 13, 2009.

Garda Finola Heaney told the court that she and colleagues found two 500g packages of heroin in a bedroom Dunphy shared with his younger brother, as well as four packages of cocaine in the attic and further quantities of crack cocaine.



BAGGING

The search also revealed drugs paraphernalia such as a weighing scales, scissors and plastic cut-offs used in the process of bagging smaller amounts of cocaine for resale

When he was asked about the heroin, Dunphy replied: "It's all mine."

Dunphy identified the substances found in the house as heroin and cocaine and confirmed that he had weighed the larger amounts of cocaine in to ounce bags, Garda Heaney said. Dunphy told gardai that he collected the drugs from an anonymous source at a pre-arranged drop-off point and claimed he was paid only a few hundred euro for his work in cutting the drugs in to smaller quantities.

Asked by gardai as to whether repackaging the drugs was his "job", Dunphy replied: "Yeah, you could say that."



FOILED

Garda Heaney agreed with Mr Ciaran O'Loughlin, defending, that Dunphy's position was that he was the keeper of the drugs and did not own them was accepted by gardai.

However Garda Heaney told Judge Frank O'Donnell that Dunphy's case was "absolutely not" just a case of holding drugs.

Mr O'Loughlin told the court that Dunphy, who also played for Bohemians Football Club, was a budding young athlete whose plans to join the Air Corps were foiled when an old injury sustained during a childhood illness prevented him from passing a medical.

Dunphy wrote in his letter that he entered a "dark place" in 2008, following the break-up of his parent's marriage, his failure to join the Air Corps and the decision of Bray Wanderers not to renew his contract.

Judge O'Donnell said that he needed time to consider all the material before the court and adjourned the case to July 16.

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