A Tullamore man who claimed he was selling drugs to help clear his younger brother’s debt with drug dealers was last week convicted and fined at Portlaoise District Court.
Martin Santry, 46 Spollenstown Wood, Tullamore, was stopped in his car by gardaí at College Avenue, Mountmellick, on November 15 last year. After noticing a strong smell of cannabis the gardaí searched him, discovering €400 of cannabis and a set of weighing scales. Santry admitting supplying the drug to others.
He had five previous convictions, one for drugs.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Santry had cut all his associations with “those involved in the drug fraternity”, but then his younger brother got into difficulty with drug dealers in the area.
Defence said that Santry got in touch with the drug dealers and took it upon himself to help his brother.
“He foolishly agreed to take some of the drug and sell it, to eat into his brother’s debt,” said Mr Meagher.
Inspector Kieran Keyes said he accepted what defence had said.
Santry was fined €350.