THE son of a UK police detective appeared at last week’s district court in Portlaoise, charged with having over €1,000 of cocaine for sale or supply.
Before the court was John Kelly, with an address listed at Rathmiles, Killenard, Portlaoise.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that a drug search was conducted at a house at Patrick Street, Portarlington, on December 31, 2010.
During the search, Kelly was found to have a quantity of white powder in his pocket, and ten clear plastic bags were discovered hidden in his sock.
The white powder was later identified as six grammes of cocaine, valued at €1,200. When questioned, Kelly said: “I had some to give the lads a line.”
Kelly was also charged with the unlawful possession of drugs on April 14 last year. On that date, Kelly was observed in a parked car and he was searched by gardaí. A bag of cannabis herb worth €50 was found.
Kelly has two previous convictions for road traffic matters.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen told the court that Kelly’s father is a detective in the UK police force.
Mr Breen said that there were huge concerns about his client’s behaviour, as Kelly had begun using cannabis at 16 or 17. His drug use then increased, so that by the end of 2011 he was using cocaine.
On the supply charge, Mr Breen explained that Kelly had gone to a New Year’s Eve party and brought the cocaine both for himself and to give to others. Mr Breen said that Kelly has since turned matters around and signed up for a drug programme. Mr Breen also informed the court that Kelly had qualified as a croupier in England.
“Drug use has caused difficulties for him,” said Mr Breen.
Kelly is due back before the court on May 16. Judge Staines adjourned the matter until then for a probation report.