A Fanad man accused of being a drug-dealer was caught with cocaine, mixing agent, weighing scales and a credit card to cut up the drugs.

Eamon Sweeney, aged 38, appeared before Falcarragh District Court.

The court was told that Gardai spotted Sweeney driving a VW Bora on the Main Street in Buncrana on February 2nd, 2018.

The followed him and then stopped him and found a small quantity of cocaine on him.

Garda Superintendent Seamus McGonigle also told the court that there were a number of messages on his mobile phone relating to the sale and supply of drugs.

Sweeney was arrested and Gardai later raided the home of a former girlfriend in Buncrana and found a quantity of drugs-related items.

These included cocaine, mixing agent, digital weighing scales and a credit card used to cut drugs.

Gardai say there was €830 worth of cocaine found in the raid.

Solicitor for the accused Mr Rory O’Brien argued that the majority of the substances found was creatine and that only three grammes of cocaine was found in the raid.

He said he client fully accepted that he had done wrong but had taken steps to address his own drink and drugs problem and since the incident 14 months ago had been clean.

He said he was now working full-time as a labourer in Dublin and Meath and was continuing to address all his issues.

Judge Paul Kelly said the insidious and sinister fact about drugs is exactly what happened in this case.

He said someone develops a habit and then funds their habit by selling it and that is how the drug barons and kingpins in the drugs trade operate and grow their empires.

He said the sale and supply of drugs, in this case, had to be viewed seriously.

He adjourned the case to allow for a probation report to be carried out on Sweeney.


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