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Man with ‘excellent young life’ given 10 years for possession

A recreational drug user with an “excellent young life” who stored €320,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis to pay off so-called “debts” to two suppliers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

irish drug war John McCarthy (28) of Drumcairn Drive, Fettercairn, Tallaght, was about to get engaged and was saving for a house when he started to get his cannabis and cocaine on credit.

He was later separately advised by the two dealers that if he held the drugs his debt, which amounted to almost €7,000, would be paid off.

Detective Garda Damien O’Farrell agreed with Erwan Mill-Arden, defending, that McCarthy was “an ideal candidate for these drug barons” as he had an excellent background and no criminal history so gardai would not have been suspicion of him.

McCarthy pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at his home on February 25, 2008.

Judge Hogan said it was always “tragic” when a person with an excellent background such as McCarthy comes before the courts charged with such an offence.

He took into account his guilty plea and lack of convictions but said that he had not been forced into this situation because of his addiction, rather due to financial gain and the prospect of his debt being cancelled.

He suspended the last two years on strict conditions.

By  Sonya McLean

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