Man found with cannabis worth €468

A 41-year-old Mayo County Council general operative was before Belmullet District Court on Wednesday after gardaí found €468 worth of cannabis resin during a search in his premises.

Garda Amanda Cunningham told the court that on August 22 2008 at 9.20pm a search warrant was executed on the home of Kieran Carey, Glencullen Lower, Bangor Erris, after a source led gardaí to believe that there was drug activity taking place at the residence.

A substantial amount of cannabis resin was found in the drawer of a locker, with Carey admitting that the drugs were for his own use.

Garda Cunningham said that the informant led them to believe that the defendant was selling the drugs, however DPP directions were just to prosecute for possession.

Defending solicitor Samantha Geraghty said that her client placed the value of the drugs as only €150. Ms Geraghty said that Carey was a habitual drug user but had not used any since November 2008 and had gone to Mayo General Hospital for a certificate to show that there was no drugs in his system, however the result of this was not present in court.

Carey, who has no previous convictions, resides with his parents and has been in employment with the council for the past 12 years.

Judge Mary Devins adjourned the matter until June 10 where the judge also requested three clean urine analyses.


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