April 9, 2013

A Donegal drug dealer, who is due to be married in July, has been spared jail by a judge.

Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly was caught by Gardai on March 2nd, 2012 with more than €2,600 worth of drugs at his home at Ardcoyne, Manorcunningham.

The 27 year old had been stopped by Gardai on traffic offences but admitted having the drugs at his home.

When Gardai searched the house they found the drugs and also a digital weighing scales.

Various amounts of cannabis, which Kelly admitted had been bought in Derry, had been bagged and weighed for distribution.

When questioned by Gardai, Kelly admitted he had been involved in the drugs trade before.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Kelly had made a full admission of his involvement but that the incident happened a year ago.

He said his client was trying to go straight and that he was getting married in July to his long-term partner.

He asked Judge Paul Kelly to consider a probation report in the matter before deciding what sentence to impose.

Kelly, who worked in the building trade before the downturn, also faced a number of driving offences when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

Judge Kelly adjourned the case until September 9th but warned Kelly that he wasn’t making him any promises until he received a probation report.