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Wexford man who admitted he was dealing drugs receives three year suspended prison sentence


Wexford Courthouse.

Wexford Courthouse.

Wexford Courthouse.


A three year prison sentence for drug dealing was marked against James Fitzgerald from Ballinakill, Marshalstown but the term was suspended.

The prosecution of the 25-year-old followed a garda search of his home which uncovered more than €10,000 worth of illicit substances.

Garda David Shannon confirmed to Wexford Circuit Court that €9,500 worth of MDMA was found concealed in the defendant's bedroom.

The search also led to the seizure of €930 worth of cocaine and a small quantity of cannabis.

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The defendant admitted immediately that he had been selling drugs.

This was confirmed by the presence of €855 in cash as well as bagging equipment and a set of scales.

Fitzgerald told the gardaí that he had a drug debt as a result of his cannabis habit.

Defence counsel Jordan Fletcher stressed that his client has since stopped drug taking and had pulled away from 'the wrong crowd'.

He was now in full-time employment, the barrister added.

Judge James McCourt noted that Fitzgerald appeared to have the support of family and work as he suspended the three year sentence in full.