A RAMELTON man spotted making a ‘suspicious transaction’ by Gardai has appeared in court on a drugs charge.

Detective Garda Hennigan observed the transaction in the alleyway adjacent to AIB Bank on Main Street, Letterkenny on March 19, 2019.

Detective Garda Hennigan searched Christopher O’Hanlon (33) of Newmill, Ramelton under section 23 of the misuse of drugs act.

Three clear bags of white powder were located on O’Hanlon, who was before Letterkenny District Court.

O’Hanlon admitted that the substance found on his person was cocaine. Garda analysis confirmed that cocaine, to the value of €112, was found.

O’Hanlon’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a 33-year-old single man and the episode had ‘ill and aggressive effect’ on him.

“There was media coverage following this and he lost a good paying job,” Mr Gallagher told the court.

“He had worked in a local hostelry and his line manager spoke to him after this came to light.

“On the flip side, he has realised a difficulty and has had ongoing assistance in this regard. He has completed two courses and is now completely drug free. He understands that he has a daily fight with his addiction.”

Judge Paul Kelly told O’Hanlon to make a €150 donation to Letterkenny Youth and Community Club and he adjourned the case to January 11.


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