10 Aug 2022

Port man had cocaine for sale

Port man had cocaine for sale

A Portarlington man has been given a suspended sentence after gardaí seized €1,500 of drugs from his home.

Luke Dunne (23), Canal Court, Portarlington, was charged with two counts of drug possession, and one count of having drugs for sale or supply.

When the case first came before the court on July 5, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on a date in August, 2017, the gardaí conducted a search of the accused’s home in Portarlington and found cocaine valued at €1,400 and cannabis valued €100.

The accused had 16 previous convictions, nine for drug possession and two for sale or supply.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen admitted his client’s record was not good.

He said that over the last year the accused had developed an acute coke habit and amassed a large number of convictions .

Saying she had a prison sentence in mind, Judge Catherine Staines ruled that she wanted to see a probation report on the accused first and adjourned the matter to July 19 next.

When the case returned to court last week, the accused was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

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