A Carrigart drug-dealer who hid a stash of cocaine and cannabis in a vent in his kitchen has been jailed for nine months.

Robert Deehan appeared at Letterkenny District Court after Gardai raided his home at Church Road on November 2nd last.

After searching the house they found cocaine and cannabis worth €500 as well as €2,400 in cash in a vent.

Deehan’s solicitor. Mr Michael Shiel, said his client had a drugs problem but was not a big-time dealer.

He was trying to pay off a drug debt and was supplying drugs to some of his friends to come up with the cash.

Judge Paul Kelly noted that Deehan, a father-of-two, had undergone a previous Probation Report in September 2017 for drugs offences and he was said to be at moderate risk of reoffending.

He was also ordered to undergo counselling but this would not have appeared to have taken place.

Solicitor Shiel said his client had tried to get counselling but wasn’t called for it but would try again.

Judge Kelly said he would have some sympathy for Deehan but the discovery of such a large amount of cash suggested a larger scale operation than was being suggested.

He jailed Deehan for 12 months but reduced it to nine months because of the early plea in the case.


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