Tuesday 23 July 2019

Man had €3k worth of drugs

Paul Deering

A 26 year old man caught with drugs in his house has been told be will be given a chance.

Before Sligo District Court last Thursday was David Kantoch of 83 Rathbraughan Park, Sligo who admitted two charges of having possession of drugs and having them for sale or supply on February 7th 2017.

Outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Derek Butler said Gardaí undertook a search of the defendant's house at 11.10pm and discovered 28.2 grammes of cannabis worth an estimated €564.

Gardaí also found amphetamines worth €2,871.

In reply to Judge Kevin Kilrane, Sgt Butler said no money had been found during the search.

The defendant had two previous convictions, one under the Public Order Act and ther a road traffic matter.

Mr Hugh Sheridan, solicitor (defending), who said he was standing in for Mr Tom MacSharry, solicitor said it was now almost two years since the date of the offence and the defendant hadn't any interaction with the Garda Drugs Unit.

"It's a one off offence," pleaded Mr Sheridan.

He said the defendant had bought a fairly big amount of drugs because it was cheaper to do so and he was arranging to pay off what he owed in instalments.

"He had no intention of selling the drugs," said Mr Sheridan.

He added that the defendant had co-operated with Gardaí and had put taking drugs behind him.

Judge Kilrane said he would adjourn the case to December 19th next for monitoring.

He would apply the Probation Act on that date if everything was in order.

"You are getting a chance and have the good sense to take it," the Judge told the defendant. He described a sale or supply conviction as a nasty one and which would bar him from travelling to certain countries and getting employment.

"It would be nailed to your CV for the rest of your life," said the Judge.

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