Mountrath drug ‘scourge’

A MOUNTRATH man who the gardaí described as being one of the main drug dealers in the local community received a prison sentence at last week’s District Court.

A MOUNTRATH man who the gardaí described as being one of the main drug dealers in the local community received a prison sentence at last week’s District Court.

The court heard that Garda Padraic Ryan searched the home of Robert O’Rourke at St Fintan’s Terrace, Mountrath, on November 5 and again on November 24 last year. On the first occasion cannabis herb valued at €3,888 was found, while on the second date €360 of the drug was discovered.

“I came to the opinion he was one of the main street level suppliers in Mountrath,” Garda Ryan said. Garda Ryan told the court he was aware that O’Rourke had also been taking cocaine and speed as part of a “vicious cycle” of drug use and drug supplying.

O’Rourke has 11 previous convictions, including ones for drug offences, and is currently serving a sentence with a release date of November 1.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had admitted “dealing to a fair extent” and he was also a drug addict.

“The profits were feeding his own addiction,” he said, adding that his client had been a scourge in the local town but since going into prison he had attempted to deal with matters and is now clean of drugs.

Judge Staines imposed an eight-month sentence on O’Rourke.

There was also a separate fisheries charge against him in relation to an incident of illegal angling and he received a fine of €500.